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Toyota will stop to sale Lexus GX 460 in USA
14 April 2010 , 08:30BBC News1902
Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced that it will suspend sales in the US of one of its luxury vehicles. The move came after a US consumer organisation warned customers not to buy the Lexus GX 460 four-wheel drive because of fears it could roll over. The last time it judged a vehicle's performance unacceptable was in 2001. Toyota said it remained confident that the vehicle was safe, but would suspend its sale to identify and correct the safety issues identified. The carmaker has recalled over eight million cars globally due to safety fears over faulty accelerators, floor pedals that stuck in mats and braking issues.
Consumer Reports said it had judged the Lexus GX 460 a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" because of a problem experienced during its standard emergency-handling tests. "When pushed to its limits on our track's handling course, the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control," it said.
Toyota is currently facing a record $16.4m (£10.7m) fine from the US Transport Department for failing to notify it about defective accelerator pedals. The company must decide by the end of this week whether to challenge the fine.
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