The controversy over the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals has deepened as Texas-based Trinity Industries has now announced that it will stop selling the problematic roadway safety features.
The ongoing safety fight over a specific type of guardrail end terminals (not necessarily pictured above) has reached its first of perhaps many verdicts. Trinity Industries, makers of the ET-Plus, has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government under the False Claims Act. Specifically, the company was accused of making a design change to its product and not advising the Federal Highway Administration about the revision for seven years. According to The New York Times, the jury awarded
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.
As if its name doesn't make it clear, the whole purpose of a guardrail is to prevent vehicles from leaving a roadway and veering into potentially even more dangerous territory. However, at least one type of guardrail may not be doing its job, according to a recent study. Federal officials are supporting further research to find out if the devices are as safe in the real world as they are in crash tests.