DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials say a new design for guardrails used on highways across the U.S. and here in Washington state met safety standards during crash tests.
Federal Highway Administration officials said Friday that the guardrails made by Dallas-based Trinity Industries Inc. have passed all eight tests. The agency announced last month that the guardrails passed the first four.
A jury found in October that Trinity should pay at least $175 million for failing to tell regulators about a design change. Critics say the change made it more likely that cars would be impaled if they hit either end of a guardrail head-on.
Trinity, which stopped shipping the guardrails after the verdict, hailed the FHA findings and said it would decide soon whether to resume shipping the guardrails.
The company faces several wrongful-death and injury lawsuits.