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Toyota Resumes Sales of Lexus GX 460 After Recall

April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is resuming sales of its 2010 Lexus GX 460 sport-utility vehicle after a recall because stability controls failed to engage fast enough.

A repair for the SUVs is available at the brand’s U.S. dealers, who began contacting customers yesterday, Toyota said today in a statement. North American sales had been suspended April 14. The company also expanded a quality advisory panel.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, announced the voluntary Lexus U.S. recall on April 19, six days after Consumer Reports magazine dubbed the model a “safety risk.” The Toyota City, Japan-based company recalled about 13,000 of the SUVs worldwide, including 9,400 in the U.S.

“Thanks to the quick response and hard work by our engineers, we were able to identify and correct the issue in just about two weeks,” Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president, said in the statement.

Toyota yesterday recalled 50,000 of its 2003 Sequoia SUVs for a separate stability-control flaw.

The automaker today named six more members to the quality advisory panel formed in March after record recalls and headed by Rodney Slater, a former U.S. transportation secretary. Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide for defects that may cause unintended acceleration.

New Members

The panel’s new members include Norman Augustine, a former chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. and chairman of a U.S. space-flight review committee; Patricia Goldman, a former National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman and US Airways executive; and Mary Good, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s engineering and information technology dean.

The others are Roger Martin, dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management; Brian O’Neill, retired president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; and Sheila Widnall, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and former Air Force secretary.

The panel will advise the company’s North American Quality Task Force, also formed last month. One of the advisory group’s first tasks will be to evaluate Toyota’s electronic throttle control system, which was criticized in congressional hearings on unintended acceleration in the automaker’s vehicles.

Toyota’s American depositary receipts rose $1.27, or 1.7 percent, to $78.11 at 4:01 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The ADRs have fallen 7.2 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Angela Greiling Keane in Washington at agreilingkea@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

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