Police officers across the country are concerned bulletproof vests made by a Michigan-based company are defective after it was discovered that an important material the vests are made from may quickly deteriorate. According to recent studies, vests containing Zylon, which is reportedly one of the toughest man-made fibers, may deteriorate under heat and humidity.
Manufacturer Second Chance Body Armor, Inc. accounts for about 40 percent of bullet-resistant vest sales in the United States. Several lawsuits have already been filed against Second Chance over the defective vests. In the fall of 2003, a Pennsylvania officer was shot in the midsection after a bullet passed through his vest. Second Chance has received other reports of injuries involving Zylon fiber body armor.
Police departments had recently favored Zylon-made vests because they weigh less than the conventional bullet-proof material Kevlar. Several states are now reconsidering the use of the vests.
In July 2004, Pennsylvania's attorney general Jerry Pappert filed a lawsuit against Second Chance accusing the company of withholding information about defects in its bulletproof vests. According to the suit, safety investigators informed Second Chance years ago that its vests were losing strength after about 200 hours of light exposure and during various heat and humidity conditions. Officials with the company reportedly only issued a warning after two officers wearing the vests were shot and wounded.
If you have been injured by a Zylon-made bulletproof vest, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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