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Trinity ET Plus guardrail passes 8 crash tests

The ABC7 I-Team investigated a device that is supposed to protect drivers who hit guardrails head-on, but may not work. (WLS)

The Federal Highway Administration says the Trinity ET Plus guardrail passed eight mandated crash tests.

Those tests were ordered after a jury found the manufacturer defrauded the US by failing to disclose product changes. Critics allege the modifications caused deadly malfunctions, sometimes spearing crashing cars instead of slowing them.

A spokesman for Trinity says the ET Plus is a robust system that has been successfully crash tested more times than any product of its kind.

The highway agency says a review of the product is not yet complete.

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