The highways in Virginia may look a lot different in in the coming weeks depending on the results of safety tests on guardrails there. The Commonwealth is demanding new crash evaluations on the end terminals of the ET-Plus guardrails (not necessarily pictured above) supplied by Trinity Industries, by October 24, according to The New York Times. If state officials observing the analysis aren't happy with the results, then the product could be banned from the roads there and possibly even removed.

Just a few weeks ago, Autoblog reported on a study from the University of Alabama Birmingham into the safety of guardrail designs. It found the ET-Plus was nearly three times as likely to cause fatalities than an earlier product from Trinity, based on eight years of crash data in two states.

The alleged flaw with the ET-Plus design was that Trinity reportedly narrowed a portion behind the rail head, according to The New York Times. The change, which supposedly wasn't disclosed to states, possibly allowed the end to spear into vehicles. As a result, a trial against the company recently began in Texas that claimed the product was responsible for 5 deaths and as many as 14 injuries.

Virginia is just the latest state to voice its concerns about the safety of the ET-Plus design. According to The New York Times, the product is now banned in Nevada. The Federal Highway Administration promises to investigate the guardrail safety further with input from public and private partners.

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