- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal report stemming from the investigation into the May 2013 derailment of a Metro-North Railroad derailment that injured scores of passengers in Bridgeport says bolts on brand-new M-8 cars are too weak.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that Metro-North replace thousands of bolts on the fleet of more than 400 new Kawasaki rail cars on the New Haven line and New Canaan branch.

The NTSB says the bolts were not to blame for the derailment, but that their failure made the two-train collision worse because a piece of one car sliced into the passenger compartment of another.

State Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said Monday that the M-8s meet all federal standards and are entirely safe.

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says M-8 cars are safe and comply with FRA requirements.

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