Consumer Reports Finds Issue with Emergency Trunk Release on 2013 Lexus ES & GS

Lexus Emergency Release

In its testing of 2013 Lexus ES & GS, Consumer Reports has discovered that the emergency interior trunk escape lever can break when used improperly, making it impossible to open the trunk from the inside — this Consumer Reports video explains:

Consumer Reports notified both Lexus and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about this problem, here were the responses:

The government safety agency said [it] “is aware of the issue and is evaluating available information to determine if additional action is warranted.”

A representative from Toyota, which builds Lexus models, said, “Upon hearing the information from Consumer Reports, we immediately began investigating the durability and ergonomics of the emergency trunk release lever. This is an active investigation and we cannot provide more details at this time.”

It’s worth pointing out that the emergency release glows in the dark and is clearly labelled:

Lexus Emergency Release Graphic

Read more about the issue at Consumer Reports