Well, apparently, someone at Toyota shouted “yatta” (I found it) too early when they said that the GX 460 troubles will be solved with a simple reflash. As Robert Walter put it so succinctly: “Even God’s Own Motor Company couldn’t approve and roll-out a minor change from one day to the next …” A day later, Toyota agrees with Robert. The Nikkei [sub] has the news that production of the Lexus GX 460 will be halted through the end of the month. And the troubles are just beginning …
Toyota isl suspending production of the Lexus GX 460 at its plant in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, until April 28 after Consumer Reports declared the SUV as dangerous.
According to The Nikkei, “the automaker has already conducted tests under the conditions identified by the U.S. magazine and is likely to work on corrective measures to modify the electronic stability control system to ensure greater safety.” Toyota isn’t the only party that will perform tests.
The NHTSA will run safety tests on a new Lexus SUV and will “take action if the Toyota vehicle does not meet government standards,” NHTSA chief David Strickland told Reuters.
“My compliance staff is going to take a look at several of these vehicles including the test vehicle that was used at Consumer Reports,” Strickland said. According to U.S. rules, compliance with U.S. safety standards is largely a matter of self-certification. However, the NHTSA can pull production models and check whether they comply with pertinent standards. If they are found not in compliance: No sale, and serious trouble.