Hartford, Conn—U.S Senator Richard Blumenthal wants the Federal Highway Administration to investigate potentially defective guardrail end units here in Connecticut, days after a Texas jury awarded a record -setting, $525 million verdict against the company that designed them.
That company is Trinity Industries Inc, a Dallas-based highway guardrail maker that designed and sold systems that malfunction during crashes and slice through cars.
The guardrail is meant to absorb the impact of out-of-control cars and prevent injury and death. Blumenthal says there are 200 locations in Connecticut with the unit.
Blumenthal says the company failed to notify federal officials of changes in its design and continued to install the faulty end terminals that weren’t approved by the FHWA
“Despite years of urgent warnings from states and individuals across the country, the Federal Highway Administration has continued to standby the safety of Trinity Highway Products’ ET-Plus guardrail device,” Blumenthal said in a press release and later added, “Widespread use of these potentially dangerous guardrails was on the FHWA’s watch, and I demand to know why FHWA allowed it-perhaps event encouraged it.”
Since the verdict, the FHWA has demanded Trinity come up with a plan in 10 days for crash testing the device.