Toyota suspends US Lexus SUV sales

TOYOTA has suspended sales of a new Lexus SUV in the US market to investigate the risks of the vehicles rolling.

The company has stopped sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 after consumer reports suggested that the vehicles handled badly on some turns with possible “safety risks” attached.

Toyota, which also sells the Lexus GX in the Middle East, Oceania and Russia, said no decision has been made on whether sales would be suspended in those markets as well.

The latest blow comes after the company was forced into a massive recall of other vehicles because of safety fears over faulty accelerators.

Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki said on the latest setback: "Our understanding is that there is no problem with models other than the GX 460, since we have not received reports of problems."