Thursday, 15th April 2010
In Business In Japan,
Toyota announces more safety testing
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is to test the safety of its SUV models, following the suspension of sales of one of its Lexus cars.
The Lexus GX 460 has been removed from sale worldwide after a US magazine published a review of the vehicle stating to customers that driving it could pose a serious risk to their safety.
According to the Consumer Reports article, when the car was tested by its review team, they were able to make the vehicle almost tip on its side before the electronic stability control system kicked in.
In a statement, Toyota spokeswomen Mieko Iwasaki said: "The company is examining the possible problem and will decide what remedies should be taken."
This is the latest blow in a string of scandals for Toyota, who are the world's biggest car maker. Over the past few months, the firm has recalled millions of cars due to concerns over the safety of brakes and accelerator pedals.
Written by Kimberley Homer
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