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A highway safety mechanism at the height of much controversy has been found along roads and highways throughout South Carolina’s Florence County. According to WBTW, investigators found dozens of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals along the county streets. The ET-Plus has been known to malfunction, sending accident victims to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It is currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the model undergoing crash testing to determine whether it is indeed safe enough for use.

When the ET-Plus guardrail is struck by a vehicle, the end terminal is supposed to push sharp guardrail edges backwards like an accordion. This ensures a safer landing for the passengers inside the crashing vehicle. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce oncoming vehicles, slicing through and injuring passengers. Some have lost limbs, others have lost lives. What’s most troublesome is that hundreds of thousands of these guardrails remain on roads throughout the country. Most states say they will await the results of the investigation before ordering the installation of a safer guardrail end terminal.

The manufacturers of the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries, insist that the guardrail works as designed. They stand by their product, in spite of reports that they cut corners on the ET-Plus’ design to save costs. The reduction in size of a crucial metal piece is likely the culprit behind the malfunction, experts say. Crash testing will continue this month, with the NHTSA expected to make a final call regarding the alleged malfunction after the testing is completed.

 

Nashville, Tennessee road crews have begun work to remove the twenty ET-Plus guardrail end terminals in the metro area. This marks the first such kind of removal of the allegedly defective device, though the guardrail head has been temporarily banned in more than thirty states across the country. City engineers told wsmv.com that the removal process would cost about $200,000 and take a few weeks to be completed. Virginia officials recently made similar plans to remove the guardrail heads in question on the Commonwealth’s roads, but have yet to begin the process.

The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity Industries, has come under much scrutiny following lawsuits across the nation. Plaintiffs argue that dangerous, negligent changes made to the design of the ET-Plus went unreported to federal regulators. It was only when the devices began to malfunction that many people noticed the reduction in size of a crucial metal component. Internal emails have revealed that the design change likely saved Trinity Industries money in manufacturing costs.

Most of us never think twice about guardrails unless we’re involved in an accident. Guardrail end terminals are designed to help bring an accident to a slow stop as safely as possible by forcing sharp guardrail edges backwards and away from oncoming cars. Tragically, the ET-Plus has been known to malfunction, piercing vehicles and injuring passengers. In one particularly heartbreaking situation, a 3-year-old boy was killed when a guardrail spiked through the rear passenger side of the car, cracking the boy’s pelvic bone in two different parts.

The more of these deadly guardrails that remain on the road, the more chances for tragic accidents to occur.

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Highway crews across the Commonwealth are searching for dangerous highway guardrails with an alleged design flaw. The guardrail head, manufactured by Trinity Industries, has been known to impale colliding cars rather than absorb the impact of the accident.

The Washington Post reports that road crews from both Maryland and Virginia have taken to the highways to look for the flawed model. Though crews have a rough estimate of how many of the guardrail heads to look for, they don’t have exact locations for the rails and must check every road. Virginia officials say they will replace any of the malfunctioning ET-Plus guardrail heads they find. Maryland says they will make a decision after determining just how many are on the roads.

Meanwhile, Trinity Industries is conducting new safety tests to prove their guardrail heads are safe for our nation’s roads. In light of the ongoing investigation, the guardrails have been pulled from the approved materials list from nearly thirty states.

The alleged malfunction seems to stem from a 2005 redesign that reportedly saved Trinity Industries $2 per guardrail head. The slight design change went unreported to federal regulators who had only initially approved the original guardrail design. Since an ABC Investigates story about the issue, the Federal Highway Administration has ordered additional crash tests of the product.

The malfunctioning guardrail head is said to have caused five deaths and several more injuries across the country. As the investigation continues, more stories of the guardrail’s impact in crashes will likely come out.

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As states across the country are blacklisting Trinity Industries, Iowa remains confident that guardrail heads in question are safe for their roads. They are one of the few states keeping the product on their list of approved materials – at least until safety tests confirm the product has actually been malfunctioning.

The guardrail in question, ET-Plus, is said to have a malfunctioning head. The guardrail head is designed to absorb the impact of colliding cars, but many accident victims have claimed the rail has instead pierced their vehicles, slicing right through, injuring and sometimes killing passengers.  A whistleblower alerted authorities that the malfunction may be the result of a 2005 redesign that went unreported to federal regulators. A jury recently found Trinity Industries had defrauded the government by not sharing the information.

Trinity Industries claims there is no malfunction and is performing extra safety tests to prove their guardrail heads work properly. Rather than wait for the results, many states have already chosen not to install any new ET-Plus guardrails – better safe than sorry. Iowa, though, is one of the few states holding out hope that the guardrail is safe. Amestrib.com reports that there are no known Iowan injuries associated with the guardrails, so the state feels comfortable continuing to install the materials. Trinity Industries has reportedly stopped shipping the product out.

The Federal Highway Administration has given Trinity Industries through the end of the month to conduct new crash tests. Those results will be critical in deciding whether the ET-Plus has any future on Iowa’s – or the nation’s – roads.

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Louisiana has become the latest state to discontinue use of guardrails manufactured by Trinity Industries. The guardrail known as ET-Plus has come under fire after a report by ABC Investigates showed that the end of the guardrail has malfunctioned due to a flaw in the design. Guardrails should absorb the speed from a collision and peel away as cars slam into them. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to spear the cabin of cars and even amputate crash victims.

Initial guardrail designs were safety tested and approved by states across the country, but according to wbrz.com, the problem may lie in a product redesign that occurred in 2005. In the redesign, a piece of metal was reduced from five to four inches. Just one inch difference might mean a higher risk of injury and death for those involved in crashes. Shockingly, ABC Investigates revealed that this design change saved Trinity Industries money.

Jury Says Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

A Texas jury recently found that Trinity Industries had withheld important information about the design flaw. The case ended with a $175 million verdict, leading to Trinity Industries announcing a halt in sales until additional safety tests could be conducted.

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