Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014
In an unexpected move, Trinity Industries temporarily froze sales of their potentially dangerous guardrail model, the New York Times reported on October 24.
Trinity Industries has announced that they will stop any new sales of their “ET-Plus” guardrail, and will not fill existing orders until further testing can be completed. This is a deviation from the position they took earlier in the year, in which they claimed to “have a high degree of confidence in the performance of the ET-Plus System,” and that they intended to continue to manufacture and sell the product even amidst controversy.
More than thirteen states have now banned the model after a redesign of their guardrail’s end unit was discovered. Several lawsuits throughout the country have pointed to this modification as the cause of head-on guardrail failures, resulting in extensive injuries and at least five deaths. The details of these complaints all similarly claim that, instead of collapsing to absorb the impact of a collision, the guardrail impaled their car and its occupants in some cases.
Trinity is expected to have a safety testing plan submitted by this Friday.