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Tennessee family files consumer protection lawsuit in X-LITE guardrail case

Hannah Eimers (Courtesy family)

The family of a teenager they say was killed by dangerous guardrails has filed a consumer protection lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims X-LITE guardrails, made by Lindsay Corporation, are to blame for six deaths, including 17-year-old Hannah Eimers. It was filed by her father, Steven Eimers.

Eimers was killed in November 2016 when her vehicle collided with a X-LITE guardrail on the driver's side. The end of the guardrail sliced through her car door and hit Hannah in the head, killing her instantly, the lawsuit says.

“Every day, my family must confront the never-ending nightmare of losing our beautiful daughter Hannah, a pain shared by many others across this country who have seen precious lives cut short by this dangerous product,” Eimers said. “Companies who profit from selling safety mechanisms and who create public hazards, instead of public safety, must accept responsibility and do everything possible to ensure these tragedies never happen again.”

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in McMinn County. It's seeking relief for "physical, mental and financial" burdens placed on the Eimers family as a result of Hannah's crash.

This is the second lawsuit in the case. In July, several Tennessee families sued the Lindsay Corporation.

Lindsay Transportation Solutions has issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“Lindsay Transportation Solutions’ top priority is to provide solutions that reduce the number and severity of injuries sustained in automobile accidents.

“X-LITE has successfully passed crash and safety tests in accordance with Federal standards and criteria, and remains eligible for Federal transportation funding. There is no road safety equipment that can prevent injury every time a driver fails to stay on the road, but X-Lite has reduced the number and severity of injuries sustained in automobile accidents. A variety of factors contribute to the potential for injury when a driver fails to stay on the road, including speed, the angle at which a vehicle makes impact, and whether road safety equipment is installed and maintained properly.

“We encourage you to visit https://xlitefacts.com/about/ to learn more about X-LITE. Thank you.”

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