April 14th, 2010
12:32 PM GMT
After a series of safety recalls, the Japanese automaker has been trying to move on, pledging better safety to its customers.
Now Toyota's luxury sports utility vehicle, the Lexus GX 460, has been slapped with a rare "Don't Buy" warning from influential magazine Consumer Reports.
The magazine's testers believe that the SUV has a handling problem around sharp turns. During the tests, the testers found the vehicle slid nearly sideways before the electronics stability controls kicked in.
Their verdict? They wouldn't want to drive it with their families in the car.
The safety warning is the latest blow to Toyota's battered image. However, the carmaker's attitude appears to have changed. Toyota moved swiftly to address the issue. It suspended the sale of the GX460, is offering loaner vehicles to concerned customers, and says its engineers are already working hard to correct any problem.
Toyota certainly wants to salvage its reputation as a maker of safe, reliable cars.
Would you buy a Toyota car today?
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