Toyota has temporarily halted sales of its Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle after Consumer Reports issued a rare "don't buy" rating on the vehicle.
The "don't buy" warning -- the first in almost a decade -- came after test drivers found the rear wheels of the GX 460 can slide out in what is called a "lift-off oversteer" when a driver heads into a turn too fast and attempts to decelerate by taking his foot off the gas, ABC News reported.
The uncontrolled skid can lead to a rollover, causing serious injury or death, Consumer Reports said. All four test drivers for the consumer advocacy group experienced the same problem. The vehicle's high center of gravity can increase the chances of rollover.
"We've actually tested hundreds of vehicles," Jake Fisher, a senior engineer for Consumer Reports, told ABC. "I've been here at CR for 11 years and I've never seen an SUV do anything this bad."
Fisher said the SUV's electronic stability control system activated in each scenario, but not soon enough to correct the slide.
"We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified," Mark Templin, Lexus Group vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "For any customer who has purchased a 2010 GX 460 and is concerned about driving their vehicle, we will provide a loaner car until a remedy is available."