The X-Lite system has been tested in tangent and flared configurations in accordance with the guidelines of NCHRP Report 350 at Test Level 3 (100 km/h). The FHWA published Safety Eligibility Letter CC-120 finding the X-Lite acceptable for use on America’s roadways and eligible for Federal transportation funding on September 7, 2011.
The crash tests matrix for the X-Lite system was developed in consultation with the FHWA’s Office of Safety Design. The following tests were conducted to validate the crashworthiness of the X-LITE: NCHRP Report 350 test designations 3-31 and 3-35 were conducted on the flared system at 27 5/8 inches high and test 3-30 was run using a rail height of 31 inches; tests 3-31 and 3-30 were also run on the tangent system. Each of these tests is briefly described in the FHWA’s Safety Eligibility Letter CC-120.
Crash tests were performed in compliance with federal laws and guidelines at Safe Technologies, Inc., an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of Lindsay Transportation Solutions. Safe Technologies, Inc. is ISO certified and inspected twice each year by independent evaluators. The facility is fully accredited by FHWA to collect and present all test results, including data and video, to FHWA along with applications for approval.