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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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Mississippi state transportation officials have decided to stop using controversial guardrails sold and shipped by Trinity Industries Inc. The ET-Plus guardrails in question may violate safety standards.

Highway guardrail heads are supposed to push vehicles off to the side by folding backward under the weight of colliding cars. The ET-Plus doesn’t do this. Instead, the end terminal pierces the front of vehicles, often injuring passengers and sometimes even amputating limbs. The original design, the ET-2000, did not malfunction in this way.

Mississippi - Guardrail Injury LawyerAt this time, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is in the process of making note of where the guardrails are installed throughout the state.

Mississippi joins many others in banning the ET-Plus guardrail system, including Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, Vermont, Hawaii, Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona and Louisiana.

Trinity Industries Inc. will hold off on selling its system until additional testing is complete.

Mississippi has spent a lot of money with the company in the past, with records showing a total of $1.2 million over the last 10 years. A Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesperson said the following:

“We have not experienced any issues with this product in our state, and there have been no reports of any faulty ET-Plus guardrail end treatments installed on MDOT right of way.”

While this may be true for now, the state realizes how important it is to stop installing this guardrail system, at least until additional safety tests are 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