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"Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety risk with Toyota's recently redesigned SUV, the 2010 Lexus GX 460.  In one of Consumer Reports' emergency handling tests when pushed to its limits the rear slides way out. ...  None of the other SUVs we've tested in recent years have performed this poorly in this test. Consumer Reports is urging people not to buy the Lexus GX 460 until the problem has been fixed." (Consumer Reports)

When it rains it pours, and it's pouring on Toyota.  Another safety concern for the auto maker -- this time a black-mark on the Lexus GX 460 -- the bad review has the struggling Toyota trying to get things in drive again.

We have perspectives on the latest report from Consumer Reports, CNN, Marketwatch, CNBC and HLN.

CNN reports says the finding is very unusual for Consumer Reports.

"The special designation given to the GX 460 by Consumer Reports -- "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" -- is rarely given by the magazine. The last time it was used was in 2001..."

MarketWatch and HLN bring two different responses from Toyota.

"Toyota responded by saying it conducts similar tests during the developments of all SUVs and it is 'mystified' by the results from Consumer Reports." (MarketWatch)

"We do take Consumer Reports test results seriously.  And we appreciate bringing it to our attention.  And the company also says that it does meet or exceed federal safety standards." (HLN)

On CNBC one analysts thinks Toyota should have come out with its own announcement before the bad news broke.

"Couldn't come at a worse time for Toyota. Another black eye for Toyota, and this time coming not from the company making the announcement itself but from a very respected consumer oriented publication.  Kind of the worse thing that could happen.  I'm surprised they didn't pre-empt the announcement and come out with something ahead of time."

HLN says -- the loss of the luxurious Lexus would be the darkening of Toyota's brightest star.

"A lot of times when you think that when you pay more you get more.  This is a luxury automobile, expensive.  Again, very rare for Consumer reports to say, 'Don't Buy it.'  That’s a very inflammatory statement. ... This is Toyota -- they have been protecting Lexus a lot.  This is their jewel in the crown brand."

So is this another black mark?  Or -- has the media painted a bullseye on anything Toyota?

Consumer Reports Rips Lexus GX460

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Apr 13, 2010

Consumer Reports Rips Lexus GX460

(Thumbnail Image: Consumer Reports)


"Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety risk with Toyota's recently redesigned SUV, the 2010 Lexus GX 460.  In one of Consumer Reports' emergency handling tests when pushed to its limits the rear slides way out. ...  None of the other SUVs we've tested in recent years have performed this poorly in this test. Consumer Reports is urging people not to buy the Lexus GX 460 until the problem has been fixed." (Consumer Reports)

When it rains it pours, and it's pouring on Toyota.  Another safety concern for the auto maker -- this time a black-mark on the Lexus GX 460 -- the bad review has the struggling Toyota trying to get things in drive again.

We have perspectives on the latest report from Consumer Reports, CNN, Marketwatch, CNBC and HLN.

CNN reports says the finding is very unusual for Consumer Reports.

"The special designation given to the GX 460 by Consumer Reports -- "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" -- is rarely given by the magazine. The last time it was used was in 2001..."

MarketWatch and HLN bring two different responses from Toyota.

"Toyota responded by saying it conducts similar tests during the developments of all SUVs and it is 'mystified' by the results from Consumer Reports." (MarketWatch)

"We do take Consumer Reports test results seriously.  And we appreciate bringing it to our attention.  And the company also says that it does meet or exceed federal safety standards." (HLN)

On CNBC one analysts thinks Toyota should have come out with its own announcement before the bad news broke.

"Couldn't come at a worse time for Toyota. Another black eye for Toyota, and this time coming not from the company making the announcement itself but from a very respected consumer oriented publication.  Kind of the worse thing that could happen.  I'm surprised they didn't pre-empt the announcement and come out with something ahead of time."

HLN says -- the loss of the luxurious Lexus would be the darkening of Toyota's brightest star.

"A lot of times when you think that when you pay more you get more.  This is a luxury automobile, expensive.  Again, very rare for Consumer reports to say, 'Don't Buy it.'  That’s a very inflammatory statement. ... This is Toyota -- they have been protecting Lexus a lot.  This is their jewel in the crown brand."

So is this another black mark?  Or -- has the media painted a bullseye on anything Toyota?

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