Lexus GX 460 Recall: Toyota to ‘Update Software’

Lexus GX 460Toyota will recall about 9,400 2010 Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicles to “update software” in its system that controls stability – making the announcement less than a week after Consumer Reports labeled the SUV a safety risk.
In a separate announcement, Toyota said it has agreed to pay the record $16.4 million fine imposed by the federal government for failing to promptly disclose sudden acceleration issues on several of its models. Additional fines are possible.
On the recall issue, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it will replace software in the Lexus SUV’s Vehicle Stability Control system, which helps it control a loss of traction in turns resulting from front or rear wheel slippage.
Consumer Reports said its tests on the Lexus revealed the vehicle’s tendency to slide out of a turn “until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic control system was able to regain control.” In “real-world driving,” the scenario could lead to a rollover accident, Consumer Reports said.
The nonprofit publisher labeled the Lexus a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk,” a rare designation. Hours after the report was released, Lexus said it would discontinue sales of its 2010 GX 460 models.
“Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the VSC performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this VSC software update addresses the concern,” said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America.
Toyota said all Lexus dealers will have the VSC software update by April 30.
“Once the software update is available at dealerships, vehicle owners are encouraged to bring their 2010 GX 460 to a dealer at their earliest convenience for the update at no cost,” a Toyota statement said.
The update should take approximately one hour depending on the dealers’ work schedule. Starting in early May, Lexus will start mailing letters to GX 460 owners included in this recall.  It said will provide a courtesy vehicle to anyone who has purchased a 2010 GX 460 and has concerns about driving it until the recall work has been completed.
No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in this recall, the carmaker said.
 Toyota provides a customer FAQ page on the Lexus GX 460 recall.

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