Guardrail maker ordered to pay $663M in safety lawsuit

ABC7 I-Team Investigation

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Guardrail maker Trinity Highway Products has been ordered to pay $663 million after a federal jury found it liable for failing to tell a government highway agency about changes made to a guardrail system.

The I-Team showed tests on the Trinity ET-Plus guard rails. Those tests were ordered after a jury found the manufacturer defrauded the U.S. government by failing to disclose product changes.

The Federal Highway Administration said the guard rail could potentially malfunction and kill people in accidents.

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