Toyota says engineers are testing Lexus SUV

WASHINGTON (AP) - Toyota says its engineers in Japan are testing the 2010 Lexus GX 460 to try to duplicate the findings of Consumer Reports.

The magazine warned car shoppers yesterday not to buy the SUV because handling problems could cause the vehicle to roll over on sharp turns.

As a result, Toyota said it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales.

Government safety officials are also investigating.

Earlier this year, Toyota had come under fire by the federal government for not responding quickly enough with recalls to address faulty gas pedals on some of its other vehicles. Toyota says it hopes to determine the cause of any problems with the GX 460 as soon as possible, but a spokesman says he's not sure how long that will take. He also says he's not clear if a recall will be issued.

The spokesman says engineers want to correct the problem so Consumer Reports can re-test the SUV and give it a satisfactory rating.

A Lexus official says the company will provide a loaner car for any customer who bought a 2010 GX 460 and is concerned about driving it.

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