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Check Out Line: Consumer Reports lifts warning for Lexus SUV


lexus1Check out Consumer Reports lifting its ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ designation for Toyota’s 2010 Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle.

The well-known consumer magazine said it was changing the rating for that SUV after recall work corrected the problem it displayed in one of its emergency handling tests.

Last month, Toyota recalled nearly 10,000 of the Lexus SUVs, which had only been on sale for a few months, after its engineers replicated the Consumer Reports test.  Two weeks later, Toyota, which has seen its reputation for quality tarnished in a series of recalls and incidents, resumed selling the SUV.

In a test called “lift-off oversteer,” as a vehicle is driven through a turn, the driver quickly lifts his foot off the accelerator pedal to see how the vehicle reacts. Consumer Reports said it found that the Lexus SUV’s rear end slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways, raising concerns of an accident including a rollover.