U.S. Subpoenas Trinity Industries for Records on Guardrails
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Trinity Industries has received a Justice Department subpoena seeking more than a decade’s worth of records on its guardrail products, the company disclosed late Wednesday.
The Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into Trinity and its dealings with the Federal Highway Administration over the the company’s ET-Plus guardrail system, according to people familiar with the matter.
A federal jury last year found Trinity liable for defrauding the government by not disclosing changes to its ET-Plus guardrail in 2005. The ET-Plus reportedly can jam, spearing into a vehicle instead of peeling away.