Toyota has gone ahead with a full recall of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 sport-utility vehicle. This most recent safety-related recall of a Toyota product is tied in to the test results published by Consumer Reports that linked the luxury truck to problems involving its stability control system. When put through a series of rapid handling maneuvers, the vehicle swung wildly out of control on the test track, which the magazine felt put driver and passengers at serious risk of a rollover.
After initially being unable to duplicate the Consumer Reports test - which came complete with a dramatic video of the Lexus GX 460 sliding all over the tarmac - Toyota engineers eventually admitted that they too were able to instigate this type of unstable behavior. Toyota boiled the issue down to a software problem in the SUV's traction control system that caused it to not respond properly to heavy braking when traveling downhill at a high rate of speed.
The solution for current 2010 Lexus GX 460 owners, of which there are 9,400, is a reprogramming of the truck's Vehicle Stability Control program (VSC) that can be performed by Lexus technicians at any dealership in approximately one hour. The fix is expected to be available across the United States by the end of the month. Any owners who no longer feel comfortable driving the luxury SUV can choose to take advantage of a free loaner program through their local dealership, an olive branch that Toyota extended to Lexus buyers immediately after the initial reports of this safety issue.
Toyota claims that 'this VSC software update addresses the concern' raised by the Consumer Reports test and that no other Lexus, Toyota or Scion vehicles are affected by a similar stability control problem in North America. Outside of the U.S. the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which shares a platform with the Lexus GX 460, is being recalled so that a similar fix can be applied to its own stability control program.
The beleaguered brand has moved much more quickly to address and fix this particular problem, despite a complete lack of customer complaints, when compared against its performance involving incidents of unintended acceleration. Lexus owners may contact the company directly through the brand's website (http://www.lexus.com/recall), or by calling (800) 255-3987.