Toyota to Recall 2010 Lexus Gx 460

Toyota said it will recall about 9,400 of its 2010 Lexus GX 460s to re-program the electronic stability control system, which it calls Vehicle Stability Control, to correct a handling problem that caused Consumer Reports magazine to issue a don’t-buy warning.

“Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the V.S.C. performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this V.S.C. software update addresses the concern,” Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America, said in a statement.

The company said all Lexus dealers will have the software update by the end of April.

In its report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker said the electronic stability control was not activating properly due to “the gentle yaw rate level generated by the model’s high-performance suspension system.”

The magazine found the problem at its test track in East Haddam, Conn., when its test drivers abruptly lifted off the gas pedal while driving quickly through a sharp turn. That caused the rear end of the vehicle to slide toward the outside of the turn, a condition known as “trailing-throttle” or “lift-throttle oversteer.”

On other S.U.V.’s the magazine had tested, the electronic stability control always stopped the slide. But the system acted too slowly to stop the GX 460, the magazine reported, allowing the vehicle to be almost sideways. That greatly increases the chance of a rollover, the magazine warned.