Trinity Industries has informed the federal government of a plan to re-test the safety of its guardrail systems lining thousands of miles of highways and roads around the country, according to ABC News. Just under the Oct. 31 deadline, Trinity submitted the plans to government officials, as more than 30 states have banned installation of the company’s guardrails pending results of the safety tests.
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What’s the Problem?
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has said it received a guardrail crash test plan from Trinity Industries, but the agency has not disclosed details of the plan or a timetable for reviewing it. On Oct. 21, FHWA gave Trinity until the end of the month to submit a proposal.
“We will not waver on safety,” said Neil Gaffney, spokesman for the FHWA. “Trinity is required to retest the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal to ensure it meets both the safety criteria set by the states and, most importantly, the safety expectations of motorists on our highways.”
FHWA directed requests for details of the plan to Trinity; however, a company spokesperson told ABC News it is not sharing any information at this time.
“The public should be able to review these materials,” said Sean Kane of The Safety Institute. “We can’t tell the difference between the regulators and the regulated here. This coziness has been part of the problem since the beginning.”
Dean Sicking, a prominent guardrail engineer who testified against Trinity in the recent whistleblower trial sent a letter to the FHWA, questioning the types of crash tests it may perform, and claimed there has been an “ongoing deception of the FHWA” by the company.
Trinity maintains that its guardrail systems are safe, noting that FHWA approved the modified ET-Plus guardrail after questions about design changes were raised in 2012. The company plans to appeal the $175 million verdict, and claims to have a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of its highway guardrails.
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