Toyota Motor Corp. seeks a fix for the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, which had been named a safety risk by Consumer Reports. Last Friday, Toyota admitted that its engineers were able to duplicate the"slide" that the magazine has seen in its tests.
Separately, a US congressional committee set a new hearing on May 6 to examine documents related to unintended acceleration and to discuss the possible electronic causes, according to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman.
Bill Kwong, a US spokesman for Toyota's luxury unit, said that the company will be coming up with a countermeasure to get rid of the handling complaint related to the GX.
These challenges that have recently come to light add to the difficult situation that the carmaker has found itself in after its reputation had taken a beating from the worldwide recalls of more than 8 million vehicles due to unintended acceleration.
Toyota's woes don't end there as last Friday, Toyota issued a recall of 870,000 Sienna minivans in the US and Canada for corrosion in a cable leads to the risk of the spare tire dropping to the ground.
Industry researcher Robert Cole, professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, said that Toyota would have to overcome "big obstacles" before it gets back customer trust and its strong quality reputation, especially in the case of non-Toyota owners.
He explained that the problem is that unintended acceleration issues are now identified with Toyota. [via autonews - sub. required]