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    Posted on April 20th, 2010

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    Lexus Recall AttorneyRecall season at Toyota is still going strong. The company has now announced new recalls that include its new Lexus for electronic stability control issues, as well as Siena minivans for potential corrosion problems.

    The Lexus recall is linked to a damning report by the influential Consumer Reports magazine, which last week cautioned buyers against purchasing the new Toyota Lexus 2010 GX 460. According to Consumer Reports, it found there were issues with the SUV that caused it to slide sideways when the driver removed his foot from the gas pedal. The electronic stability control system which, should have immediately gone into effect to prevent such sliding, was slow to be activated. The result was that the vehicle, in such situations, would slide sideways almost completely. According to Consumer Reports, such a situation could increase the risk of a rollover.

    Typically, sport-utility vehicles, pickup trucks and other vehicles with a higher center of gravity have a greater risk for rollovers. There was definitely a concern at Consumer Reports that this high center of gravity, coupled with the slow activation of Toyota’s electronic stability control system, could cause a rollover with serious consequences. The magazine immediately issued a cautionary “Don’t Buy” alert, warning consumers not to buy the SUV until the problem was fixed.

    Fortunately, Toyota reacted immediately. The company seems to have learned its lessons from the disastrous public relations efforts it has mounted over the past few months. The more Toyota tried to deny problems involving unintended acceleration in its vehicles, the more it found itself backed into a corner. This time around however, the company immediately began retesting the new Lexus vehicles, and found that the Consumer Reports findings had been accurate. It has announced that it will recall 9,000 Lexus 460 GX vehicles, and will update the software in this model to correct the problem.

    The second Toyota recall last week involved more than 4,000 Toyota Sienna minivans. According to the automaker, minivans that were used in states where colder climes require the sprinkling of rock salt on highways, may be more prone to corrosion. The corrosion can cause the cable securing the spare tire to break or snap off. This could cause the tire to fall on the road, possibly rolling into other vehicles nearby, and posing a potentially deadly roadway hazard. The Sienna recall doesn’t include vehicles sold in California, however.

    At the rate at which the automaker is announcing new recalls every day, it looks like Las Vegas auto defect lawyers will be kept busy tracking Toyota recalls for a while.

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