The Safety Institute filed comments responding to the Federal Highway Administration’s request for data and information about the controversial Trinity Industries ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. Although the safety of the ET-Plus has been under scrutiny since 2012, the agency issued the request after a federal jury in Texas found that Trinity Industries secretly changed its dimensions and awarded a $175 million verdict.
A study sponsored by TSI, released in October, found that the ET-Plus was up to 1.95 times more likely to produce an injury and up to 3.95 times more likely to produce a fatality than its predecessor, the ET-2000. In its comments, TSI provided data on documented crashes involving end terminals, urging the FHWA to conduct further studies and more strenuous crash tests, and remove the ET-Plus from roadways if it is determined to be unsafe. The confusion surrounding the prevalence and safety of the ET-Plus also highlights the need to create a federal system to monitor and track crashes associated with roadside hardware.
The full comment submission can be read here. Download the PDF