In 2005, Trinity Industries received approval from the government for their guardrail design. However, without notice, Trinity altered the design of the rail head which is flattened steel at the front of the guardrails. Upon impact, this piece is supposed to glide across the rail so the metal pushes safely out of the way. With the changes Trinity made, the guardrails may not function properly and unsafely.
Recently, a jury found Trinity Industries guilty of fraud for keeping this change from the government . The Federal Highway Administration has now ordered Trinity to host crash tests to determine how dangerous the guardrails are...Read more