Kentucky probing potentially faulty guardrails
State officials are planning an evaluation of potentially faulty guardrail heads on Kentucky roads and highways.
Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock told lawmakers during a committee meeting last week that he believes hundreds of ET-Plus guardrail components are in use. An exact number isn’t yet known.
WDRB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EbO7Io ) the state recently banned the product, made by Trinity Highway Products of Dallas.
Federal officials have ordered a new round of tests into the guardrail heads, while other states like Virginia are planning to remove the rails.
Critics say that when vehicles strike the guardrail ends, the guardrails don’t crumple as they should, but instead become a danger to motorists.
Trinity stopped shipments of the guardrails after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators.