UPDATE 1-Toyota resumes selling Lexus SUV

Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:39pm EDT

* Sales of Lexus GX 460 SUV resuming

* Toyota to reset software to fix stability control

* Production changes implemented this week also

DETROIT, April 29 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) (TM.N) announced on Thursday it was resuming sales of its Lexus GX 460 sports utility vehicle that were halted for two weeks.

Toyota stopped sales of the 2010 luxury SUV after Consumer Reports magazine warned against buying the vehicle and called it a "safety risk" because of the potential for turning over in turns. It also recalled the 9,400 GX 460 models already sold.

In a notice sent to U.S. dealers this week, Toyota said it would install newly designed software to update its electronic stability control, which will apply more hydraulic pressure when a slide or skid is detected.

Toyota also implemented changes on the production line this week to correct the Lexus SUV's handling issue, the notice showed.

Owners of the recalled vehicles get free car wash and fuel tank fill and may claim as much as $45 for one day of rental vehicle expense, the notice said.

Two weeks ago when sales were halted, Toyota said it was conducting a series of tests on the stability control systems on all of its SUVs.

The Lexus SUV sells for $50,000 or higher in the United States and is built on the same platform as the Toyota 4Runner SUV. Toyota is testing those models as well as the Sequoia and the Land Cruiser. (Reporting by Bernie Woodall and Soyoung Kim; editing by Andre Grenon)

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