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Lexus Brand Tarnished After Consumer Reports Warning

April 15, 2010

Lexus GX 460More bad news for Toyota (owner of Lexus): This week Consumer Reports labeled the 2010 Lexus GX 460 dangerous and issued a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" recommendation.

In response, Toyota has decided to halt all sales of the GX 460 until they can find a way to fix the safety issues.

When pushed to its limits on Consumer Report's test track, the rear of the Lexus GX 460 slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways.

A "Don't Buy" recommendation from Consumer Reports can have a devastating effect on sales - something Toyota certainly didn't need right now just as they were starting to recover from their recall fiasco.

Consumers are likely to see the Lexus brand as being tarnished now which could lead to a drop in overall sales. This is actually good news for car shoppers since Toyota will likely continue offering incentives to keep sales up.

If you own a 2010 Lexus GX 460 and prefer not to drive it until a remedy is found, Lexus will provide a loaner vehicle for now. If you've been considering buying a Lexus, now is a great time to shop around. Dealers are anxious and more open to negotiation.

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