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A grieving father will stop at nothing to ensure the guardrail that malfunctioned in his daughter’s car accident does not cause more fatalities. The Tennessee father has made headlines as he travels around the country advocating for the removal of the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail. Present on roads across the country, the guardrails have been known to impale vehicles that collide into them, causing devastating injuries to the passengers inside. Now, the man hopes to capture the attention of the president with a commercial airing during the Superbowl pre-game coverage.

Malfunctioning Guardrails

Guardrails are designed to absorb the weight and speed of colliding vehicles. They should crumple under impact, bringing the vehicles to a safe stop – or at least a safer one than the alternative. Instead, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail has been known to spear the cars crashing into them, slicing through the vehicles and causing severe injuries to the people inside. This malfunction has been dismissed by the manufacturers, saying that no product can prevent every fatal accident. Such explanations are simply not good enough for grieving families, which is why the father from Tennessee has been so proactive in seeking change.

Progress, Slow and Steady

The man’s attempts to get the Lindsay X-LITEs off the road have already been successful in some states. Virginia removed the product from their list of approved devices in 2016, and other states are following suit. Until all are removed from roads across the country, however, this father will likely not stop. We can only hope his advocacy will continue to make changes for the good.

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When a loved one is lost, grieving is to be expected. One Tennessee father has gone beyond grieving after losing his daughter. Instead, he has made it his mission to get the defective guardrails that allegedly killed his daughter off American roads. Most recently, he’s turned his sights to North Carolina, where thousands of the defective guardrails line roads and highways.

Tennessee Department of Transportation officials agree with the man and have begun removing the safety devices from their roads. Unfortunately, not every state is doing the same. North Carolina transportation officials say that the X-LITE guardrails have not caused nor been involved with any fatal crashes in the state. They say that it would be too time-consuming and expensive to remove the thousands of X-LITE guardrails already on their roads.

The good news? No new X-LITES will be installed on North Carolina roads and highways. The state has fast tracked a new guardrail. X-LITES will only be replaced when necessary, though.

Undeterred, the grieving father has continued his mission without the state’s help. In fact, he has been posting on North Carolina Craigslist pages offering people money to come forward with information on X-LITE crashes and locations. Because transportation officials refuse to release such information, he must instead collect it all himself.

The makers of the X-LITE guardrails, Lindsay Transportation Solutions, says that while their guardrails can’t prevent all traffic fatalities, their product is safe. They are in accordance with federal safety standards.

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The Lindsay X-Lite guardrail end terminals are the subject of yet another lawsuit. The safety device has drawn criticism after several deadly accidents, many of which have occurred in Massachusetts. The state is home to the second most X-Lite guardrails in the country, with only West Virginia outnumbering them. Though officials have no plans to remove any from Massachusetts roads, they do plan to stop installing them this fall.

Many accidents involving the X-Lite have resulted in death or amputation because of the way the device sometimes malfunctions. Designed to collapse under the weight of colliding vehicles, the X-Lite should accordion backward when struck. Instead, the device has been known to slice through oncoming cars, scissoring through metal, glass and eventually even the passengers inside the vehicle. Many times, the injuries sustained in the accident because of the X-Lite are worse than had the guardrail not been there at all. Of course, when functioning correctly, these guardrails can be lifesavers. But it shouldn’t be such a roll of the die, families of victims say.

For many bereaved family members, accepting Lindsay Transportation Solution’s explanation that these accidents simply happen sometimes isn’t possible. They argue that these guardrails should not be on our roads if they can malfunction so horrifically.

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration announced that a review of the safety data revealed the device was safe. There is no federal recommendation to remove the guardrail end terminals, but several states including Tennessee are moving forward with the removal process.

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The loss of a child is one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure. For Stephen Eimers, the death of his daughter in a car accident last year led to a personal mission: to get defective guardrails, like the one that malfunctioned in his daughter’s crash, off the roads.

“I’ve got to be able to look that next mother or father in the eyes who’s lost a child to an accident, or a husband or a wife, and say I did every last thing that I could do,” Eimers told Cincinnati.com recently.

The X-Lite guardrail end terminal, made by Lindsay Transportation Solutions, is supposed to absorb the energy of a collision. Instead of folding under pressure like an accordion as designed, the X-Lite instead pierced Eimers’ daughter’s vehicle.

Since losing his daughter, Eimers has traveled the country advocating for victims who were hurt or killed in similar accidents. At least six victims were involved in crashes like Eimers’ daughter’s, but he believes there may be many more whose stories have not been told.

The X-Lite guardrail end terminal can be found in 20 states, but Eimers wants to see them phased out and replaced by safer alternatives. Though the X-Lite guardrails are crash tested, they are done so at labs owned by the manufacturers of the device. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t oversee or pay for the tests. The Government Accountability Office highlighted the potential for bias in a recent report.

Eimers says he won’t stop his mission until all Lindsay guardrails are off the roads.

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The ET-Plus guardrail system has reportedly failed the independent crash tests requested by the Virginia Department of Transportation, WJHL.com reports. Though the official results have not been released, documents filed with the Virginia Attorney General’s office indicate that a test involving the ET-Plus guardrail and a pickup truck “failed miserably.” While we await official word from VDOT, this news is not good for Virginia drivers who rely upon the guardrails to keep them safe on Commonwealth roads and highways.

Trinity Industries Guilty of Defrauding the Federal Government

The ET-Plus guardrail, manufactured by Texas-based Trinity Industries, has come under fire in recent years. Last fall, the company was found guilty of defrauding the federal government by failing to alert regulators to changes in the device’s design. This small change made the ET-Plus cheaper to manufacture, experts say, but also dramatically decreased the effectiveness of the guardrail. Instead of curling back under the pressure of a colliding vehicle, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce cars and injure – even fatally so – passengers and drivers inside.

Photos of this most recent crash test show a pickup truck that flipped and landed on the guardrail after the head-on crash. Though it’s supposed to be a safety device, the ET-Plus may do more harm than good. It will likely take VDOT hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to remove these guardrails from our roads, which is why the agency has filed suit against Trinity Industries. This crash test is just the latest piece in the growing case against the guardrail manufacturer.

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