The New York Times reports that Virginia has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Industries for defrauding the state by failing to disclose potentially hazardous design changes to a highway guardrail.
ABC13 News Now reports that Trinity Industries, the maker of the ET-Plus highway guardrail, will not allow members of the media to observe federally-mandated crash tests scheduled to begin later this month.
The Federal Highway Administration has quickly approved a plan for crash-testing the ET-Plus, a “shock-absorbing” end-terminal on guardrails.
Trinity Industries has narrowly avoided a federal ban after promising to conduct new safety tests.
ABC 7 News reports that a 24 year-old Bay Area football star’s death in a head-on collision with the end of a guardrail may have been caused by a defective highway guardrail end-terminal that was supposed to save his life.
Across the country, “safety features” on the end of guardrails are failing catastrophically, piercing cars, impaling drivers, and causing horrific guardrail accidents. Some are blaming the problem on a modified guardrail end-terminal manufactured by Trinity Industries.
The states of Oregon and Mississippi have joined four other states in banning further installation of the ET-Plus, a highway guardrail end-terminal.
The New York Times is reporting that trial attorneys have accused Trinity Industries, the manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail, of failing to report five failed crash tests.