Consumer Reports magazine has found that the new Lexus ES and GS sedans have emergency trunk release handles that break too easily, increasing the risk of trapping someone in the boot.
The consumer magazine found the fault by accident, during an evaluation of 2013 ES and LS models. According to a statement from Consumer Reports, the 4-year-old son of Jake Fisher, director of vehicle testing, got into the ES 350’s trunk to try the interior release. What happened next is that the boy’s “small hands snapped off the lever that opens the lid. He was not able to escape from the trunk until I opened it from the outside,” Fisher said in the statement.