As Toyota suspends sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 amid motor vehicle safety questions, concerned drivers can find relief by requesting a loaner sports utility vehicle.
Toyota – already forced recently to recall 2.3 million vehicles over motor vehicle safety defects – halted sales this week after Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk,” warning because tests revealed handling problems with the electronic stability control. The magazine is concerned about potential motor vehicle accidents and motor vehicle rollovers. No motor vehicle accidents involving personal injuries or deaths have been reported, but the magazine’s “don’t buy” warning is its first in nearly a decade for a motor vehicle.
“Drivers are facing an extraordinary number of recalls, mostly from Toyota,” said Boston personal injury attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck. “Massachusetts residents should immediately seek repairs or loaner vehicles to protect themselves, their families, and other drivers.”
Lexus will provide a loaner vehicle for any customer who has bought a 2010 Lexus GX 460 since the vehicle’s December release. Customers can call Lexus at 800-255-3987. Lexus has sold about 5,000 vehicles since the Lexus GX 460 was released.
Toyota has suspended sales and production of the Lexus 460 as it tests all its Lexus and Toyota SUVs following the Consumer Reports warning. The carmaker said its engineers previously found no issues with motor vehicle safety, but are now trying to duplicate Consumer Reports’ testing to correct the product safety rating.
Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in January for a so-called “sticky pedal defect.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million against Toyota for failing to notify the government agency for at least four months about the product safety defect. Government officials say company officials knew about the potential risk to consumers.
The penalty being sought against Toyota would be the largest civil penalty ever assessed against an auto manufacturer by NHTSA.
For assistance with a product liability case or case involving a wrongful death or personal injury, contact the experienced attorneys at the Boston firm of Breakstone, White and Gluck. The lawyers have over three decades of experience with motor vehicle accident lawsuits and truck accident lawsuits. To consult with a professional and experienced attorney, call 800 379 1244.