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New details surrounding plans to test the safety of a controversial highway guardrail have been released today. ABCnews.com reports that Southwest Institute, an independent research institute, will conduct a series of eight crash tests. If any of the ET-Plus guardrails fail the test, the Federal Highway Administration say they will deem the product ineligible for installation on roads across the country.

The ET-Plus model of guardrail has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past few weeks following a court case involving the guardrail’s manufacturer, Trinity Industries. The company was found guilty of defrauding the federal government after failing to report design changes made to the product. The changes, made back in 2005 but only recently revealed, are said to be responsible for the malfunctioning of the product. Internal emails have revealed the design changes were made to save the company money.

The eight crash tests will help to decide if the ET-Plus does in fact malfunction. Accidents involving the guardrails have sometimes resulted in injuries, amputations and even fatalities. When functioning properly, the guardrail end terminal should force the sides of the guardrail back and away from the oncoming vehicle. Instead, accident reports have shown that the guardrail head has often pierced right through the cabin of crashing cars, injuring passengers inside.

The crash tests will be make or break for Trinity Industries, as more than thirty states have already pulled the guardrail model from their lists of approved products. If the ET-Plus is shown to indeed be malfunctioning, thousands of guardrails on our nation’s roads will need removed.

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Wisconsin has joined Virginia, Vermont, Washington and thirty other states in suspending or banning the use of a controversial highway safety product. The ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, designed and created by Trinity Industries, is the subject of much scrutiny recently. A Texas judge found Trinity Industries guilty of defrauding the federal government. Their 2005 product redesign went unreported to federal regulators. Experts say this design change, a difference of just one inch of metal, could be the difference between a safe product and a dangerous one.

Fox6now.com reports that internal emails from Trinity Industries engineers argued for the design change, as it would use less material and “save them a few bucks.” That savings has gone on to cause deadly crashes, many of which should have ended injury free, had the guardrail head done its job properly.

Guardrail heads should work to slow colliding vehicles to a safe stop by forcing the sides of the guardrail to safely peel away from the cars. Instead, the ET-Plus has pierced vehicles head on, often slicing through cabins of vehicles and injuring passengers. Some have even reported amputations resulting from the malfunction.

As more and more states join together in suspending or banning the use of the ET-Plus, only Virginia has taken steps to remove the guardrail end terminals currently on the roads. In the meantime, over 600,000 of them remain on our nation’s highways. Until a formal recall is put into place, it is likely that more accidents will continue to be made more dangerous by these guardrail end terminals.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this untested 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

Washington has banned the installation of a highly-scrutinized piece of highway safety equipment: the Trinity Industries ET-Plus guardrail head. The ban follows the trend among over 30 other states doubtful of the safety of the guardrail end terminals. This controversy stems from a whistleblower’s recent lawsuit against Trinity Industries, claiming the company defrauded the federal government by failing to notify regulators of a change in design. This change, an inch reduction in size, has led experts to speculate that the guardrail end terminal now malfunctions when struck by oncoming cars.

Guardrail heads, or end terminals, are the black and yellow striped posts at the end of highway guardrails. Their job is to absorb the impact of crashing cars, pushing the sides of the guardrail aside to allow vehicles to safely come to a stop. The ET-Plus, however, has been known to pierce straight through colliding cars, often injuring or killing passengers inside.

Though plenty of states have now banned the future installation of these guardrail heads, only Virginia has elected to remove ET-Pluses currently on the highways. Q13fox.com reports that there are likely over 600,000 of these guardrail heads on the nation’s roads.

The whistleblower in the Trinity Industries lawsuit is urging the company to recall the ET-Plus model, and says more people will likely continue to be hurt in accidents involving the guardrail head if more is not done to remove them from the roads. Still, Trinity Industries insists their product is safe and is working to prove it through additional crash testing.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this untested 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