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The final results of the Trinity Industries crash tests are in: all eight received passing scores from the Federal Highway Administration. The eight tests utilized guardrails of two different heights, one measuring 27 3/4 inches, one 31 inches.

Critics say the final of the eight tests should have been ruled a failure, as the guardrail severely dented the driver’s side door. Many believe that the Federal Highway Administration has given these test passing grades to cover for the poor job the government did in vetting the material. Some argue that by admitting the guardrails aren’t safe for the road, the administration would be admitting their failure to properly do their jobs. The agency says they will continue to investigate the ET-Plus, as more than 30 states currently have banned the guardrail from future installation.

ABC 13 News Now recently reported that Virginia has not received any application for approval from Trinity Industries to install any more of the ET-Plus guardrails on the Commonwealth’s roads. VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation, says more tests will be done to prove the reliability of the ET-Plus. They are also currently accepting bids from companies to remove the problematic guardrails from the roads.

Trinity Industries was fined for defrauding the government by failing to alert regulators to changes in the size of the ET-Plus. A small change in size has reportedly resulted in major product malfunctions, causing severe injuries and even fatalities among crash victims.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is awaiting results from federally mandated crash test results of the ET-Plus guardrail. The guardrail model has made headlines recently for its alleged defectiveness. Kentucky is one of thirty states to temporarily ban its installation.

The ET-Plus guardrail was the subject of a lawsuit brought against its manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Highway Products. Trinity was found guilty of defrauding the government by reducing the size of the guardrail head without conducting the proper testing. This untested model was installed and used for over two and a half years. Further government tests are pending.

The issue with the guardrail is in its head. Normally, a guardrail will crumple to absorb the impact of a colliding vehicle. In the case of the ET-Plus, the guardrail fails to do this and can therefore impale the vehicle, causing injury or death to its occupants.

Maysville, Kentucky’s Ledger Independent reports that the Kentucky Transportation is awaiting the test results before removing the guardrails. Their removal, says a KTC Spokesman, is a potential logistical and financial problem. Guardrail models can be very similar, so much so that even Trinity’s own ET-2000 – a model without any reported problems – is often indistinguishable. The KTC expressed intent to inventory the guardrails as a result of the court case, but removal could take several million dollars and significant amounts of time.

Compounding the problem is that KTC does not buy the guardrails directly, instead working through contractors who bid with the Cabinet. Contractors may also be required for their removal, given the project’s scope.

In the meantime, no new ET-Plus guardrails are being installed in the state.

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A Kentucky man is questioning the role of a potentially malfunctioning safety device after losing a leg in an accident. WKYT.com reports that earlier last month, Chris Cavanaugh hit mud on the roadway and slid into a guardrail. Rather than folding backward and away from the car like it was designed to do, the guardrail end terminal stayed rigid. The rigidity forced the brake pedal to go through Cavanaugh’s foot – ultimately leading to amputation. He also broke three ribs and required stitches on his other foot. Tragically, the accident occurred just weeks after the state of Kentucky banned any future installation of the ET-Plus guardrail – the one involved in this crash.

The ET-Plus model of guardrail heads have been banned across the country, but the ban does not go far enough to protect people from the guardrails already on the roads. Experts say there are thousands of these potentially dangerous guardrail end terminals across the country. Only Virginia has taken steps toward removing the devices currently on the road. Other states say they will await crash testing results ordered by the federal government before making a decision about the ET-Plus.

Many believe a product redesign of the ET-Plus is what lies behind the malfunction. Trinity Industries, the company that manufactures the ET-Plus, made unauthorized design changes to the product without alerting regulators to the change. A one inch reduction in the size of a critical metal piece may not sound like a drastic change, but experts say it makes all the difference in the way the device works. Internal emails revealed that the design change likely saved Trinity Industries money in manufacturing costs.

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Kentucky is one of over thirty other US states suspending the installation of a highly scrutinized highway safety device.

The device’s manufacturer, Trinity Industries, is no longer shipping out the model due to safety concerns, but Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet has decided to remove the guardrail end terminal from its list of approved materials. WMKY.com reports that until Trinity Industries proves via crash testing that their product is safe, their model will not be used on Kentucky’s roads.

The ET-Plus guardrail end terminal has been under fire following an investigation by ABC that found the device had been frequently malfunctioning. Trinity Industries was also recently found guilty of defrauding the federal government by failing to report unauthorized changes in their product’s design. Internal emails have revealed that the design change – a reduction in the size of a crucial metal piece on the guardrail head – saved the company in production costs.

Reports from across the country have revealed just how dangerous this device can be when it malfunctions. Guardrail end terminals are the black and yellow striped heads attached to highway guardrails. They are supposed to absorb some of the speed of colliding vehicles in accidents, pushing the sharp guardrail edges backward and away from the oncoming cars. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to spear right through vehicles, injuring and even killing some passengers. Amputations have also been reported as results of accidents involving this particular guardrail end terminal model.

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Kentucky Transportation - Guardrail Injury LawyerKentucky Secretary of Transportation Mike Hancock believes there to be hundreds of potentially malfunctioning guardrail end terminals on the state’s roads and highways. WLWT.com reports that Kentucky state regulators are investigating the use of the ET-Plus model of guardrail cap and whether it should have a future on their roads.

The ET-Plus is under much scrutiny after their manufacturer, Trinity Industries, recently was found guilty of defrauding the federal government. They failed to alert regulators to design changes made back in 2005. The design change, a size reduction of just a few inches, is said to be responsible for the product’s malfunctions.

Highway guardrail end terminals are designed to absorb the pressure of colliding vehicles by forcing the sides of the guardrail to fold backward and away from the oncoming cars. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to spear through crashing cars and injure passengers. Some have even had limbs amputated by the sharp guardrail sides.

If Kentucky chooses to ban the ET-Plus from their list of approved products, they will be in good company: over thirty states have already done so, with more joining in every week. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says they will wait for the results of newly conducted crash tests to make the ultimate decision about the future of the model.

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