Crash tests designed to assess the performance of Trinity Industries’ highway guardrail systems are currently underway in San Antonio, TX; however, the man who sued the company and won says the tests are pointless. “It will impale the vehicle. The guardrail will go through the car, sometimes cutting off legs, limbs, and ultimately the ultimate sacrifice,” said whistleblower and former industry business owner Josh Harman.
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What’s the Problem?
Jan. 15, 2014 – Dallas-based Trinity Industries says they are halfway through government-ordered crash tests for their controversial ET-Plus guardrail systems. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is conducting the series of 8 tests in San Antonio, the last of which are expected to be completed later this month. Yet despite the seemingly favorable test results to date, Josh Harman is on a mission to have every single Trinity ET-Plus guardrail removed from U.S. roads and highways.
“Product recall. That has been my goal since day one,” said Harman. “These things are failing. The amount of victims, the horrific accidents.”
For the past 3 years, Harman has been fighting to expose a secret design change he says Trinity made in 2005, when the company allegedly shrunk the width of its guardrail heads from 5 inches to 4 inches, a seemingly small change which Harman says made a big difference.
A Texas jury agreed with Harman in October, finding Trinity guilty of fraud in a $175 million lawsuit — an amount that will triple under federal law — saying the company failed to disclose design changes it made to its guardrail systems.
At least 42 states and the District of Columbia have banned installation of Trinity ET-Plus guardrails, which a recent study found to be 4x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than earlier models. However, Harman says the systems with the unapproved 4 inch guardrail head are not the ones currently being tested in San Antonio.
“The test they are conducting right now is not the product that is on the road,” Harman said. “They are testing a product that has different dimensions. This is another new product Trinity introduced in 2012.”
Every dimension is critical to how the end terminal will perform in the event of a crash, Harman says. In 2012, Trinity increased the height of a rectangular component designed to move along the guardrail and flatten, according to Harman.
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