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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.

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

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.

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