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Consumer Reports advises against purchase of Lexus SUV

(NBC) - For the first time in nine years, Consumer Reports magazine is telling customers not to buy a specific vehicle because of safety concerns.  

A "don't buy," recommendation from consumer reports for the 2010 Lexus 460 SUV because of rollover risk.

"We're telling people not to buy it until that is fixed," said Rik Paul of Consumer Reports. 

The problem: the electronic stability control system reportedly doesn't intervene quickly enough when the vehicle slides out of control during sweeping turns, according to Consumer Reports' standard emergency handling tests.

"In a real world situation, the rear wheel could slide off the pavement or could hit a curb, which could lead to a tripped roll over," Paul said.

Adding to rollover concerns, the GX is tall with a high center of gravity. 

The consumer watchdog group says no other SUV in recent years slid out as far as the Lexus GX.

The "don't buy" recommendation follows Toyota's recall of a dozen vehicle models in recent months over sudden acceleration issues, a crisis that's damaged its reputation.

In a statement released by Lexus the car maker says, "We will try to duplicate the Consumer Reports test to determine if appropriate steps need to be taken."

It went on to say customer safety and satisfaction remain highest priorities.

Close to 5,000 of the Lexus SUVs in question are on the roads.

On the Toyota web page, Lexus urged customers who have questions or concerns to contact its customer satisfaction line, at 1-800 25 Lexus or 1-800-255-3987.

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