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Toyota recalling Lexus SUV with rollover risk

Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker, will recall the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle that Consumer Reports magazine rated a "safety risk" because the model can roll over in certain driving conditions.

Toyota, which is paying a $16.4 million U.S. fine for violations in the recall of vehicles with defects tied to sudden acceleration, will fix software in the SUV's stability control system, the company said Monday in an e-mailed statement. About 9,400 GX 460s will be recalled, Toyota said.

"From the moment we heard about this issue, Lexus and our dealers acted quickly to resolve the situation," Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager, said in the statement. "Our dealers will now personally reach out to customers to set up appointments to make this modification."

The company, based in Toyota City, Japan, last week said it would halt production and sales of the SUV after Consumer Reports issued a "don't buy" recommendation on the GX 460, saying the vehicle may be prone to rolling over in emergency driving conditions. Toyota sold about 5,000 of the vehicles since the model was introduced three months ago, according to the magazine, published by the nonprofit Consumers Union in Yonkers.

Lexus dealers will have the software fix for the one-hour repair by the end of April, Toyota said. Owners will be notified by mail beginning in early May, and owners may bring in their GX 460s as soon as the repair is available, the company said.

- Bloomberg News

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