Trinity Guardrail Cover Up

Despite the numerous deaths and injuries caused by the Trinity Guardrail ET-Plus around the country, the government has supposedly cleared it in a series of crash tests that it ran over the last few months.  Safety advocates and critics on Capitol Hill have denounced the conclusions saying that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) violated National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s protocols in testing the guardrails.  In each case the vehicles were tested with a direct head-on crash into the guardrails which provided the guardrails their most optimum ability to properly perform.  It did not test the guardrails with any offset or angled collisions which are what is claimed to be causing the failures resulting in injuries and deaths all over our highways.  U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Dem) accused FHWA of having "an "unacceptable pattern of inadequate oversight" and called the crash tests "sham tests rife with flaws." He said the agency allowed the manufacturer to apply "older, less rigorous testing standards."  Interestingly enough, in one of the eight tests that were conducted, the guardrail totally failed and caused more than 6 inches of intrusion into the vehicle.  According to NHTSA’s own standards, this would have resulted in a critical, if not fatal injury to the driver. 

To read more on our government’s cover up see Guardrails Said to Pass Safety Tests by Aaron M. Kessler and Danielle Ivory, New York Times, March 13, 2015.