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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

The last of eight federally mandated crash tests on the ET-Plus guardrail has been completed in San Antonio, Texas. The tests were ordered following allegations that the highway safety mechanism was malfunctioning, injuring and killing those involved in guardrail crashes. Because of such claims, more than forty states banned the installation of the Trinity Industries product.

Virginia was one of the only states to make progress toward removing ET-Plus guardrails from its roads. Virginia Department of Transportation ordered their own round of crash testing to determine the product’s safety. 13newsnow.com reports that of the 197 crashes recorded, 69 of them involved an ET-Plus guardrail. Regulators found that with a few exceptions, the guardrail worked as intended.

Still, some critics of the crash tests are concerned about the reliability of such results. Two senators recently wrote to regulators asking for newer cars to be included in the tests, along with a wider variety of angles. These factors could majorly impact the way the ET-Plus performs in crash situations.

In the meantime, no final decision has been made about the reliability of the ET-Plus nor its future on American roads. Considering how serious allegations against Trinity Industries have been – including claims that the ET-Plus malfunctions and slices through cars, amputating passengers’ limbs – it is doubtful these test results will be enough to clear their name. In October, a jury fined the company $525 million for hiding changes they made to the design of the ET-Plus. With that ruling in mind, regulators are surely being cautious about the future of the ET-Plus.

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

Federally mandated crash tests of a controversial highway safety device are underway in San Antonio, Texas. The company who manufactures the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, Trinity Industries, has been under much scrutiny this year. A Texas judge found that the company had defrauded the government by changing the design of the ET-Plus without notifying officials. Since this revelation, forty states have suspended or banned the installation of the guardrail on their roads and highways.

The Federal Highway Administration has since requested that a series of crash tests be conducted to prove the safety – or potential danger – of the ET-Plus. In the most recent test, a Geo Metro traveling at 62 mph collided head on with the Et-Plus. Reports say that the car was damaged, with most of the bumper coming completely off. While the guardrail did not spear the vehicle (as many real word accident reports involving the ET-Plus have indicated), the rail did not ribbon out as it should. Instead, the guardrail crumpled into a zig zag pattern.

Four of the eight crash tests have now been completed, with the next test scheduled for January 14. The remaining tests will involve a 27 3/4 inch height ET-Plus guardrail. Size has been a major concern in the ET-Plus investigation, as Trinity Industries has changed the size of their product multiple times without alerting officials. Experts say the size of the materials used could be the reason why the guardrails are malfunctioning. The next four tests will involve exit gaps of just 1 inch – the minimum standard industry size.

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

Texas has become the latest state to suspend the installation of a controversial highway safety mechanism, the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. The ET-Plus, manufactured by Trinity Industries, has now been banned by 40 states throughout the country and in some Canadian provinces as well. The guardrail head has been known to malfunction in accidents, sending victims to the hospital with amputated limbs.

The ET-Plus was first tested in 2005 and are used on more than 200 different portions of highways throughout the United States. The end caps are designed to absorb the impact of colliding vehicles. When working properly, the sharp guardrail sides peel backward under the pressure of the guardrail end cap. When malfunctioning, however, the end terminal can act as a spear, piercing the cabins of vehicles and injuring passengers.

A North Carolina man had both legs severed in one such accident. Another man was killed when he was ejected from his vehicle in a crash involving the ET-Plus model of guardrail end terminal. KBTX.com reports that the Dallas-based manufacturer of the guardrail head, Trinity Industries, was found to have defrauded the federal government by failing to report changes in product design nearly ten years ago. These unapproved changes made their way into guardrails installed on roads and highways across the country.

Under much scrutiny, Trinity Industries is conducting a series of crash tests to prove to the government that their product is indeed safe for the road. Though initial tests show the product working as designed, the future of the ET-Plus is still up in the air.

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

A series of federally mandated crash tests have begun on a controversial piece of highway safety equipment. The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity Industries, has been known to malfunction in car accidents. Rather than protect passengers by folding backward under the weight of the collision, the ET-Plus has acted a spear, piercing vehicles and injuring those inside. Some have experienced amputation, others death.

The fault in the product may lie in a redesign that went unauthorized and untested by federal regulators back in 2005. The reduction in size of a crucial metal piece could be the reason the device is defective. With hundreds of thousands of these guardrails scattered throughout our country, crash testing is critical in determining the role of the ET-Plus on our roads.

According to click2houston.com, the first of eight crash tests indicated that the guardrail end terminal acted as it should in a collision. It involved a pickup truck approaching the guardrail from an angle. The next test will involve a head on collision. All eight tests should be completed by January, with the Federal Highway Administration on hand to determine the safety of the product.

Over thirty states have temporarily banned the installation of the ET-Plus, but few have actually resolved to remove them from the road. Road crews do not typically keep track of which device is installed where, so the removal process will likely be expensive and lengthy. Virginia recently filed a lawsuit against Trinity Industries that will require the company to cover the costs of removing and replacing the guardrails.

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

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