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Plans to remove a potentially deadly highway safety devices from Virginia roads are underway. 13newsnow.com reports that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced these plans via a letter from the state’s chief engineer. The decision comes following controversy associated with the ET-Plus guardrail and its potential malfunction. Accident victims across the country have noted the guardrails tendency to lock up and pierce the cabin of colliding vehicles rather than fold backward to stop the crash as designed.

It’s not known precisely how many ET-Plus guardrails are on roads round Virginia, which is part of what makes the removal process such a challenge. VDOT recently posted a bid requesting the identification and removal process of the ET-Plus guardrails, with all bids due by March. VDOT says, however, they will only award the bid should they indeed choose to move forward on the project.

These baby steps in the right direction may not seem like enough, but Virginia is one of the only states to even begin planning for the removal process. Most states are awaiting the results of a series of crash tests ordered by the federal government. Trinity Industries, the manufacturer of the ET-Plus, conducted these eight tests over the last few months. Only the results of the first four tests have been released thus far, with safety experts expressing concern over the eighth and final test. In that particular test, the driver’s side door was smashed in by the guardrail. Though no official ruling on the test has been made public yet, many speculate that it will receive a failing grade.

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Virginia’s attorney general has filed a complaint against Trinity Industries, a guardrail manufacturer who was recently found to be defrauding the government. Unauthorized changes were made to a safety device, the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. Experts now believe those changes are the cause of the product’s malfunctions.

Virginia has become the first state to join in on the whistle-blowing lawsuits against Trinity Industries. Over thirty states have temporarily banned the installation of the ET-Plus, but few have begun actually removing them from their roads and highways. NYTimes.com reports that with Virginia taking the lead, other states will likely follow in pursuit of their own lawsuits against Trinity Industries.

If crash tests reveal the company did indeed sell Virginia defective products, the state is seeking civil penalties and recovery of costs associated with the guardrail heads. There are thousands of these guardrail end caps along Virginia’s roads, and the removal and the lengthy replacement process will likely be expensive.

The ET-Plus is designed to collapse under the force of a colliding vehicle, absorbing the impact by folding backward like an accordion. Instead, the guardrail end terminal has acted as spear, piercing the vehicles and injuring passengers. Some have even lost limbs in accidents involving the ET-Plus.

Federally ordered crash tests are currently being conducted and results will be made public next month. Virginia officials were present for the testing, but were not allowed to inspect the ET-Plus before the crash. The units being tested are from Trinity’s inventory, not devices used on public roads.

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A new report from wfmynews2.com reveals that dangerous guardrail heads remain on roads throughout Virginia, North Carolina and other states across the country. Though more than thirty states have temporarily banned the installation of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, experts say few of these potentially deadly devices have actually been removed from the roads. That’s a problem, because drivers and passengers alike are at risk for these safety devices to take a turn toward the dangerous.

Much of the issue lies in the fact that road crews do not often keep track of which device is installed where. Federal Highway Administration guidelines – issued in 2005 – states that crews should know exactly what kind of guardrail end terminal is installed along each road. One North Carolina contractor estimated that of the 10,000 guardrail end caps on their roads, 95% of them were indeed the dangerous ET-Plus model.

Only a few states have started to create plans to remove the devices from their roads – one being Virginia. Nashville, TN recently started actively removing the guardrail end terminals from their roads.

Still, thousands of these ET-Plus guardrails remain on the Commonwealth’s roads, likely because of the lack of record keeping regarding the installation of the devices through the years. Experts say that until these guardrail heads are removed and replaced, there isn’t much drivers can do except try to avoid crashing into them.

These safety devices are designed to absorb the speed from colliding cars by pushing sharp guardrail sides backward and away from the vehicles. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce cars, often injuring and even killing those inside. Some people have had their limbs amputated in accidents involving guardrail end terminals.

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