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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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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

Nevada state officials say they will wait for crash test results to determine the future role a controversial highway safety mechanism will play on their roads. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Nevada became one of the first of many states this year to temporarily suspend use of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. As more states followed Nevada’s lead, investigations begun to understand why the guardrail head might be malfunctioning. As detailed in a recent lawsuit, the manufacturer of the guardrail head, Trinity Industries, was found to have made unauthorized changes to the design. Those changes never went through the rigorous crash tests necessary for safety equipment.

New safety tests have been demanded by states across the country, and results should be in at the beginning of 2015. Ultimately, it will be up to the Federal Highway Association to make the decision if the guardrail end terminal is safe. Should the safety tests reveal further problems with the ET-Plus, transportation departments nationwide will be tasked with hunting down and removing the dangerous materials from the road. Because road crews do not keep track of which model is installed where, this could be a lengthy process.

Until then, experts say there are potentially thousands of the malfunctioning guardrail end terminals sitting on our nation’s roads and highways. Several lawsuits claim that when the ET-Plus model malfunctions, it pierces the cabin of crashing vehicles, injuring and even killing victims. Some have had their limbs amputated by the guardrail head. Many are left questioning just how safe the alleged safety devices are.

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

The Nevada Department of Transportation has announced they will no longer allow any new ET-Plus guardrail end terminals to be installed along their state’s roads and highways. This decision comes after the revelation that the manufacturing company, Trinity Industries, failed to disclose critical design changes to state regulators back in 2005. This lack of disclosure directly violates Nevada policy, which requires manufacturers to alert their Department of Transportation of any changes to products previously approved for installation.

Experts now say that those changes in design are responsible for at least four deaths and nine serious injuries across the country. According to ABC15.com, the guardrail head is malfunctioning due to the one inch reduction in size that went unreported to federal regulators. Internal emails revealed this change saved the company production costs.

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.

Trinity Industries is working to prove their product is safe through additional crash tests. This may prove to be too little, too late, as they recently were found guilty by a Texas judge of defrauding the federal government. Trinity’s failure to report the design changes has resulted in millions of dollars in fines for the company, as well as their product being pulled from over 30 states approved products lists.

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