The highly regarded consumer protection publication “Consumer Reports” has just reported that the Lexus GX460 model SUV “carried an unusually high risk for a rollover accident during certain types of turns”. Remarkably, as a result of that report by Consumer Reports, the auto maker, Toyota, has suspended sales of the Lexus GX460 model SUV. This is an extraordinary finding in light of many factors; including years of intended technological safety improvements from devices such as electronic stability controls, in addition various engineering changes to adjust for a vehicle’s center of gravity and for its predicted reactions during foreseeable real life driving conditions. Consumer Reports has indicated that the Lexus’ electronic stability controls may not have reacted quickly enough to prevent the vehicle from losing control and potentially rolling over.
The American auto market is no stranger to the dangers and pitfalls of sudden rollovers in SUV vehicles. The errors of the Ford Explorers, Expeditions, and the “shedding Firestone tires” are all too well known by the American motorist. The question to be answered is whether Lexus’ parent, Toyota, was aware of this vehicle’s alleged deficiencies, like Ford allegedly was with its Explorers and Expeditions. This question we hope will not be answered in real life failures by Florida motorists who may be injured due to the Lexus GX460’s alleged dangerous propensities.
If you or someone you care for has further concern or questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the Weston, Florida Personal Injury Attorney at the Schulman Law Group.