It’s been one heck of a month for the 2010 Lexus GX460, as after it was tested by Consumer Reports, going all tail-happy on the drivers, it received the infamous ‘Do Not Buy’ warning.
As you already know, Toyota acted quickly and revealed in just a week or so a new software update for the Vehicle Stability Control on the luxury SUV. This prevented the car from sliding out of control during corners (aka drifting), ensuring that the luxo-barge keeps it together.
Now, after the sale of the 2010 Lexus GX460 has been restarted and owners are being called in for the software fix, Consumer Reports has once again tested the SUV in its own facilities. The results should make Toyota and Lexus quite happy, as the ‘Do Not Buy’ warning has officially been lifted.
Hopefully the Japanese carmaker will be more careful with its safety tests and won’t be plagued by such problems in the future.
Lexus has just announced that the 2010 GX460 SUV is now back on sale and that the software update for the car’s stability control system is available, so there is no longer the possibility of losing control of the big Lexus.
While safety fans will definitely rejoice and drifting fans will be sad, Toyota is scoring this as a big win, hyping up the fact that it acted quickly and no victims were reported because of the tail happy luxury SUV.
As you may remember, at the middle of the month, Consumer Reports placed the 2010 GX460 on the ‘Do Not Buy’ list, as the car began sliding out of control if you took your foot off the acceleration in the middle of a corner (aka it started drifting).
The Japanese engineers worked diligently and modified the VSC software to take into account new parameters. As was shown last week, the car is now composed and no longer fit for any amateur drifting. Sales will be restarted while current owners are going to get their car fixed free of charge.
2010 Lexus GX460 owners have seemingly received an added dose of
After the problem was spotted by Consumer Reports, the Japanese company acted quickly and immediately stopped selling the tail-happy SUV. Now, the rumored fix has finally been found: a software update for the VSC system which improves its electronics.
The result of the fix can be spotted above, as the company revealed a test video showing a 2010 Lexus GX460 before and after the drifting problem was solved. Check out the full video after the jump.
Toyota has been taking the tail-happy Lexus GX460 quite seriously, after Consumer Reports said that the luxury SUV is dangerous to drive because of its faulty traction control, that results in the big truck going out of control.
After just a few days since the news broke out, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper already reports that the engineers at Toyota may have already found a fix for the drifting Lexus. It seems a reflash of the SUV’s ECU, alongside “other changes” are enough to keep the GX460 from sliding all over the place if you take your foot off the throttle mid-corner.
Still, the NHTSA has already revealed that it is inspecting the specific 2010 Lexus GX460 model tested out by Consumer Reports and will showcase its findings soon. As of yet, there’s no word if the 2010 model year GX460 models are going to be recalled, but it’s quite likely.
Toyota is on an unfortunate roll these days with bad press, as Consumer Reports, in its yearly car tests, has found the 2010 Lexus GX460 to be extremely dangerous to drive, and placed it in its infamous “Do Not Buy” list.
It seems that the big luxury SUV has a few faults with its traction control system, or in simpler terms, is too tail-happy, causing the rear of the vehicle to slide outwards at greater speeds, as if it were drifting. Because its Toyota-badged brother, the 4Runner, had no problems with the same test, Consumer Reports indicate that either the luxury model has an issue with the traction control or because too many premium features were added, the increased weight simply overcomes the power of the system.
Toyota has immediately taken action, in an effort to save its premium SUV, and has stopped the sale of all Lexus GX460 models in the USA. It will work together with Consumer Reports and try to find a solution to the tail happy SUV. If you already own a 2010 GX460, you can take it to your local dealership where a loaner car will be supplied until a solution is found.
Hit the jump to see just a video from CR showing the test and what went wrong with the tail happy 2010 Lexus GX460.