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With crash tests of the controversial ET-Plus guardrail currently underway, many transportation officials are awaiting the results to determine the future of the device on the nation’s roads. One critic, however, says the crash tests should not be the determining factor in that crucial decision. In fact, whistleblower Joshua Harman says, the crash tests are not even testing the same model of ET-Plus that are currently installed around the country.

The difference lies in a small dimensional difference between a model released in 2012 and ET-Plus models created before that year. The 2012 model includes a heightened 5 inch metal piece that allegedly performs better in crash tests and is generally more safe than other models. This version of the ET-Plus is more expensive to manufacture, and courtroom documents revealed that Trinity Industries produced another model to cut corners. Those other models, with the unapproved 4 inch guardrail head, are “death traps,” Harman told reporters.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is the first in the country to announce steps toward removing the ET-Plus devices from their roads. A spokesperson told WSET.com that if any of the crash tests in Texas fail, VDOT will move forward with removing and replacing the defective models. That said, the process will likely take years. There are thousands of ET-Plus guardrail heads throughout the Commonwealth.

With four of the eight crash tests completed, Trinity Industries expects to finish up the testing process by the end of the month. If anything goes wrong in the remaining tests, it is likely more and more states will remove the ET-Plus from their roads and highways.

Federally mandated crash tests of a controversial highway safety device are underway in San Antonio, Texas. The company who manufactures the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, Trinity Industries, has been under much scrutiny this year. A Texas judge found that the company had defrauded the government by changing the design of the ET-Plus without notifying officials. Since this revelation, forty states have suspended or banned the installation of the guardrail on their roads and highways.

The Federal Highway Administration has since requested that a series of crash tests be conducted to prove the safety – or potential danger – of the ET-Plus. In the most recent test, a Geo Metro traveling at 62 mph collided head on with the Et-Plus. Reports say that the car was damaged, with most of the bumper coming completely off. While the guardrail did not spear the vehicle (as many real word accident reports involving the ET-Plus have indicated), the rail did not ribbon out as it should. Instead, the guardrail crumpled into a zig zag pattern.

Four of the eight crash tests have now been completed, with the next test scheduled for January 14. The remaining tests will involve a 27 3/4 inch height ET-Plus guardrail. Size has been a major concern in the ET-Plus investigation, as Trinity Industries has changed the size of their product multiple times without alerting officials. Experts say the size of the materials used could be the reason why the guardrails are malfunctioning. The next four tests will involve exit gaps of just 1 inch – the minimum standard industry size.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous guardrail design. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a guardrail, contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323

Texas has become the latest state to suspend the installation of a controversial highway safety mechanism, the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. The ET-Plus, manufactured by Trinity Industries, has now been banned by 40 states throughout the country and in some Canadian provinces as well. The guardrail head has been known to malfunction in accidents, sending victims to the hospital with amputated limbs.

The ET-Plus was first tested in 2005 and are used on more than 200 different portions of highways throughout the United States. The end caps are designed to absorb the impact of colliding vehicles. When working properly, the sharp guardrail sides peel backward under the pressure of the guardrail end cap. When malfunctioning, however, the end terminal can act as a spear, piercing the cabins of vehicles and injuring passengers.

A North Carolina man had both legs severed in one such accident. Another man was killed when he was ejected from his vehicle in a crash involving the ET-Plus model of guardrail end terminal. KBTX.com reports that the Dallas-based manufacturer of the guardrail head, Trinity Industries, was found to have defrauded the federal government by failing to report changes in product design nearly ten years ago. These unapproved changes made their way into guardrails installed on roads and highways across the country.

Under much scrutiny, Trinity Industries is conducting a series of crash tests to prove to the government that their product is indeed safe for the road. Though initial tests show the product working as designed, the future of the ET-Plus is still up in the air.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous guardrail design. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a guardrail, contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323

The search for data on a controversial highway safety device continues as the Federal Highway Administration expands their reach. The FHWA recently created an internet portal for the general public to submit information about car accidents involving highway guardrails. 

This call for information shows just how intense the scrutiny around Trinity Industries and their ET-Plus guardrail has grown. In October, a federal jury found that the company had defrauded the government by failing to report changes made to the guardrail end terminal’s design. Many believe it is this change in design that has led to dangerous malfunctions. 

The ET-Plus is designed to absorb the shock of car accidents by slowing oncoming vehicles. The sharp edges of the guardrail sides are supposed to peel backward and away from cars, but instead, the guardrail head has been known to seize up. This results in a piercing of the oncoming car, frequently injuring or even killing passengers inside. The guardrail in question is associated with at least eight known fatalities and many serious injuries.

The ET-Plus has been banned in dozens of states, but the fate of the guardrail lies in the federally mandated crash testing currently underway. If the tests prove the guardrails are indeed malfunctioning, hundreds of thousands of guardrails will need to be located and removed for our nation’s roads.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car wreck, visit the FHWA website to report the details of the accident. The more information the agency has about the malfunctioning ET-Plus, the safer our roads will be in the future.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous guardrail design. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a guardrail, contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323

As the world awaits crash testing results from Trinity Industries, allegations of a cover-up have surfaced. Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail end terminal is said to be defective, with lawsuits from across the country claiming the device malfunctioned during car accidents. These accidents have left people seriously injured and killed, leading federal regulators to call for updated safety testing for the ET-Plus.

The ET-Plus was originally tested when it came on the market, but a Texas court found Trinity Industries had made unauthorized changes in the design of the guardrail back in 2005. The updated design was not put through the rigorous testing expected of highway safety materials. Experts claim that the changes to the product is likely the cause of the malfunction.

Now, an engineering professor and guardrail developer is asserting that Trinity Industries has attempted to cover up their design change. Dean Sicking told bloomberg.com that a third version of the ET-Plus has been found on highways in Alabama. A small change in dimensions made the product much safer and was not recognizably different to the layman’s eye. Sicking told the Federal Highway Administration of his findings back in 2013.

The FHWA says they sent engineers into the field to investigate the allegations this fall, but that may be too little, too late. Crash test results due by the end of January, but no one is sure which version of the ET-Plus is being tested.

All that is certain is that there are over 200,000 of these potentially deadly ET-Plus devices on roads across the country.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous guardrail design. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a guardrail, contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323