Magazine lifts ‘don’t buy’ rating on Lexus SUV

Associated Press / May 8, 2010

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DETROIT — Consumer Reports magazine is lifting a “don’t buy’’ recommendation for a Lexus sport utility vehicle that failed an emergency handling test.

The magazine said yesterday that the 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV passed the test after a dealership updated software that runs its electronic stability control system.

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 10,000 of the SUVs in the United States in April after the magazine told readers not to buy them. The automaker also stopped selling them.

Consumer Reports said the rear of the GX 460 slid sideways when testers lifted their feet off the gas pedal during a high-speed turn on the magazine’s test track.

The magazine said in a statement that it took the GX-460 it had purchased for the test to a dealership for the software update, then returned to the test track, where it performed as it should.

Lexus group vice president and Mark Templin said that the automaker was pleased the magazine had lifted the designation. He said about 75 percent of GX 460 vehicles have received the software update.