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The Lindsay X-Lite guardrail end terminals are the subject of yet another lawsuit. The safety device has drawn criticism after several deadly accidents, many of which have occurred in Massachusetts. The state is home to the second most X-Lite guardrails in the country, with only West Virginia outnumbering them. Though officials have no plans to remove any from Massachusetts roads, they do plan to stop installing them this fall.

Many accidents involving the X-Lite have resulted in death or amputation because of the way the device sometimes malfunctions. Designed to collapse under the weight of colliding vehicles, the X-Lite should accordion backward when struck. Instead, the device has been known to slice through oncoming cars, scissoring through metal, glass and eventually even the passengers inside the vehicle. Many times, the injuries sustained in the accident because of the X-Lite are worse than had the guardrail not been there at all. Of course, when functioning correctly, these guardrails can be lifesavers. But it shouldn’t be such a roll of the die, families of victims say.

For many bereaved family members, accepting Lindsay Transportation Solution’s explanation that these accidents simply happen sometimes isn’t possible. They argue that these guardrails should not be on our roads if they can malfunction so horrifically.

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration announced that a review of the safety data revealed the device was safe. There is no federal recommendation to remove the guardrail end terminals, but several states including Tennessee are moving forward with the removal process.

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Tennessee will spend $4.3 million to remove dangerous X-Lite guardrails from their roads. The decision to remove and replace more than 1,800 guardrail end terminals comes on the heels of several fatal accidents involving the safety devices. Four people have died in such crashes in the last year in Tennessee. But it’s not just the Volunteer State that is having problems with the X-Lite guardrails – Virginia, too, is removing guardrail end terminals in counties across the Commonwealth.

The yellow and black striped end caps of guardrails are meant to prevent cars from being pierced by the sharp device. Unfortunately, though, the X-Lite hasn’t always performed as intended, sending accident victims to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.

The decision to remove all the X-Lite guardrails throughout the state of Tennessee is unprecedented. Though fatal guardrail wrecks have occurred throughout the country, only Tennessee has gone forward with plans to remove these road hazards. We applaud their Department of Transportation for putting their citizen’s safety first. The price tag to install the guardrail end terminals was hefty to begin with – it cost about $3.6 million to purchase and install the devices. Now, the state will spend even more to remove and replace the X-Lite guardrail end terminals.

Though the product is approved for use by the Federal Highway Administration, more and more states are taking matters into their own hands to prevent fatal guardrail accidents. We can only hope that Tennessee leading by example will set a precedent for other states to follow.

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Guardrails are in place to protect motorists, but when they fail, the results can be devastating.

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation has begun accepting bids to remove X-Lite guardrail end terminals following a series of deadly crashes. Though the device has passed federal safety tests, it doesn’t always work as intended.​

When a car collides with a guardrail, the guardrail should fold under the weight of the vehicle. Most act like an accordion, bending backward to slow an accident to a stop in a safe manner. Instead, when guardrails fail, they can pierce vehicle cabins and strike motorists inside. The X-lite guardrail was pulled off Tennessee’s approved device list last year. Now, the state is working toward removing and replacing all such guardrails throughout the state.

Unfortunately, this process won’t happen overnight, and there’s a chance that more deadly accidents involving the X-lite guardrail end terminals will occur before all of them can be removed. Three deadly crashes in Tennessee have involved the X-lite terminals in the last year. There’s no telling how many more will occur before all of the guardrails are removed.

Of course, Tennessee isn’t the only state where X-lite guardrails are in place. Other states have also seen deadly accidents occur involving the X-lite guardrail end terminals.

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An unapproved guardrail may have worsened a Tennessee accident that claimed the life of a teenage girl.​

When a safety device is added to our roads and highways, it undergoes a vetting process to ensure it is indeed safe for use and functioning as intended. In most cases, these devices are added to an “approved” list once they are confirmed to be safe and useful. In some cases, though, devices can be removed from the list if they don’t perform as expected.

Just because a device is removed from that list, though, doesn’t mean the state’s Department of Transportation immediately removes and replaces the device. That appears to be the case with the tragic crash in Tennessee. The guardrail in question was removed from the approved list just one month before the accident for “ongoing concerns” regarding its safety for vehicles traveling more than 45 miles per hour.

When the 17-year-old motorist lost control of her vehicle and collided with the guardrail, it impaled her car. Instead of collapsing under the pressure of the vehicle and slowing the collision to a halt, the guardrail hit the girl in her chest and head. She died instantly, reports say.​

Had this guardrail been removed and replaced, perhaps this accident would not have ended so tragically. No highway crash involving guardrails is ideal, but when the safety devices work as intended, they lessen the severity of the crash.

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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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