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Trinity ET-Plus Guardrail

More Than 30 States Ban Trinity Guardrails Following Safety Concerns

State governments have begun banning guardrails manufactured by Trinity Industries due to concerns that the guardrails can fail to collapse on impact and impale crashing vehicles.

FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FINDS TRINITY MADE ILLEGAL CHANGES TO GUARDRAILS

Trinity became the subject of a federal lawsuit after a former business owner in the guardrail industry claimed that the company had reduced the size of a metal piece used in the ET-Plus’ energy-absorbing cap, without notifying the federal government of the change.

Internal documents showed the company was able to save $50,000 a year from the change.

In October, a jury ruled that Trinity’s failure to report the modifications violated the False Claims Act, and Trinity was ordered to pay $525 million in damages.

EIGHT DEATHS LINKED TO ET-PLUS GUARDRAILS

Currently, eight deaths and more than a dozen crashes are being investigated in connection with Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail systems.

According to allegations, the modifications made by Trinity in their ET-Plus Guardrails are directly responsible for the deaths and injuries that resulted from these accidents.

Further, a study completed by the University of Alabama Birmingham has found that accidents involving ET-Plus guardrails are 1.36 times more likely to produce severe injuries and 2.86 times more likely to result in death than accidents involving Trinity’s previous guardrail model, the ET-200.

GUARDRAILS USED IN ALL 50 STATES

Federal officials estimate that 200,000 ET-Plus guardrails have been installed across the U.S. and are present in every state.

Since the federal lawsuit, more than 30 states have banned the ET-Plus guardrail system, including:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

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