Defective Products Comments Off on Guardrail Manufacturer Stops Sales Amid Serious Safety Concerns
Trinity Industries is stopping sales of its controversial ET-Plus guardrail system, a device that has been blamed by accident victims for dozens of injuries and deaths.
According to an ABC news report, the move came last week in response to a request by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct crash tests on the device or face suspension of its eligibility for sale.
Earlier this week, Trinity lost a civil trial in Texas where jurors found that the company had defrauded the government by misrepresenting changes made to the guardrail over 10 years ago.
Company officials say they are stopping shipping the products until additional tests are conducted, in light of the FHWA’s request. The company has also said it will work closely with the FHWA on more crash testing and will not ship any more units until such testing is completed.
Catastrophic Injuries and Fatalities
This announcement came at a time when more states suspended the installation of the guardrails. At the center of the Texas case were changes made by Trinity in 2005 to the design of the guardrail end terminals used alongside many roadways across the country. The company allegedly failed to disclose all the modifications to the federal government or any state transportation departments as required under the law.
The modified guardrail, ET-Plus, was the subject of a “20/20″ investigation in September that examined reports from crash victims that the modified guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front. Instead of absorbing the impact of the collision, the guardrails “locked up” and speared straight through the cars in some cases impaling motorists of severing their limbs.
Putting Profits Before People
Trinity’s competitor uncovered damning documents showing that Trinity made the modifications to its guardrail end terminal to save money. Trinity should step up to the plate and issue its dangerous guardrails. It’s the right thing to do. Guardrails are in place on our highways and freeways to protect motorists. However, these guardrails seriously injure or kill motorists, defeating the purpose of a guardrail.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these defective guardrails, please contact an experienced product liability lawyer who can help protect your rights and hold that at-fault manufacturer liable. Injured victims or families of deceased victims in such cases can seek monetary compensation for their significant losses.