[Marxism] Point Blank Armor in the news again--body armor recalled

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Tue Nov 22 22:02:36 MST 2005


Military Body Armor Recalled
Associated Press  |  November 18, 2005
WASHINGTON - The military is recalling more than 18,000 protective 
vests because they did not meet ballistic test standards when the body 
armor was made up to five years ago.

It is the second recall in about six months.

Some vests in the latest recall may have been used in Iraq or 
Afghanistan. Made between 1999 and 2001, they were green or woodland 
camouflage, making it less likely they were used in the Gulf, where 
troops use the newer, desert-colored camouflage vests.

Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Douglas Powell and Army spokesman Paul 
Boyce said no Marines or soldiers were at risk because the vest met 
field test requirements.

The vests did not meet the higher manufacturing standards. Officials 
discovered the problems in September.

The recall affects only the outer tactical vest and its soft inserts, 
made by Florida-based Point Blank Body Armor Inc., and not the ceramic 
insert that also is used in the armor.

A message left with the company late Thursday was not immediately 
returned.

Because troops may have moved some of the soft inserts from one of the 
older green vests to a newer desert-colored vest, soldiers and Marines 
need to check all parts of their body armor for the recall numbers, 
officials said.

In May, the Marine Corps recalled 5,277 combat vests issued to troops 
in Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti after a newspaper article raised 
concerns that they failed a test to determine whether they could stop a 
bullet.

The Marines said they recalled the vests to alleviate any doubts caused 
by a story in the Marine Corps Times, but service officials insisted 
they did not believe the vests are faulty.

Most of the Point Blank vests passed the tests, but several fell short 
of the Marines' standards during testing in 2004. At the time, the 
company said it stands by its products and that there had been no 
reported failures in the field.

The vests are designed to withstand small arms munitions fired at a 
certain velocity. The contract specification is higher than the 
potential threat level in the field, Boyce and Powell said, and 
therefore there were no incidents where troops were injured because the 
vest failed.

Among the eight lots of the body armor being recalled, more than 10,000 
vests went to the Marines and more than 8,000 went to Army soldiers.

According to the company's Web site, the vest is designed to protect 
against 9 mm pistol rounds and fragments from an explosion.

Both the Army and the Marines have a large number of newer vests, and 
said there would be no problems providing troops with the better 
models.

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