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Guardrail Crash Testing Begins

Crash testing has begun on the controversial ET-Plus guardrail end terminal device. The Federal Highway Adminstration ordered the tests this fall following reports across the country that the safety device was potentially defective. More than 30 states placed a temporary ban on the installation of the device while awaiting the results of the crash tests. reports that there are over 200,000 of these guardrail end caps on roads through the nation.

There has been some debate among regulators about the type of crash testing conducted on the Trinity Industries product. The crash tests have been created and implemented by Trinity following standards set nearly a decade ago. Some policy makers argue that these standards are too lenient. Testing guidelines were updated in 2011, but federal officials have not required Trinity to follow them. They insist that because the ET-Plus was eligible for federal funding in 2005, it qualifies to be tested under the old guidelines.

Ultimately, the results of these crash tests will determine the fate of the ET-Plus, but results will not be made public until after the new year. Limited press has been allowed to cover the testing, but no cameras or recording devices have been allowed to capture the results.

Some believe the ET-Plus devices are too dangerous to remain on the roads while crash testing and investigations continue. Crews in Nashville, Tennessee began removing guardrail heads around the metro area. Virginia also plans to remove the ET-Plus from roads, but officials have admitted that the exact location of the devices is unknown. That will likely mean a lengthy, expensive removal process.

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