Some 9,400 ’10 Lexus GX 460 SUVs are being recalled byMotor Sales U.S.A. Inc. to update the vehicle’s stability-control software.
The recall comes after Consumer Reports magazine said last week the GX 460’s tail slid out much more than other SUVs, including the4Runner, during high-speed maneuvers with the driver’s foot off the accelerator.
Lexus stopped sales of the GX to investigate the matter.
Lexus engineers were able to duplicate the magazine’s findings and deduced a software upgrade to the large SUV’s electronic-stability control system was needed.
“Toyota’s objective is to provide a high level of safety and quality, while meeting or surpassing governmental regulations,” says Steve St. Angelo, Toyota’s chief quality officer for North America. “Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the (ESC) performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this software update addresses the concern.”
Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager, says Lexus U.S. dealers will begin contacting GX owners to set up appointments for about a 1-hour fix. The software will arrive at Lexus dealers by the end of the month, with recall letters going out to owners in early May.
In addition to today’s GX recall, last Friday the auto maker announced it would call back 600,000 ’98-’10 2-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna minivans with spare tires sold in cold-weather U.S. states due to corrosion of the tire’s carrier cable from road salt.