Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 Offbeat

Company Paid 30 Million Dollars Fine for Selling Defective Body Armor


Due to the violation of the US False Claim Act, the Armor Holdings Products was ordered to pay $30 million. The company was accused of intentionally making and selling defective Zylon bullet-proof vests.

According to the US Justice Department, the company manufactured and sold its bullet-proof vests while knowing that the materials from which the product was manufactured quickly degraded, which is why the vests were not appropriate for ballistic use. Different law enforcement agencies along with the federal government were among the clients to acquire the defected vests.

The vests manufactured by Armor Holdings featured either Zylon insert or a Z Shield, which is a Zylon-laminate insert. Toyobo, a multi-national company, that works with chemicals, textiles, nonwovens and synthetic fibers, was the one to manufacture the fiber for the Zylon vests. Last year the company was sued for the manufacture and sale of Zylon to the manufacturers of armor in the United States.

Honeywell, American multinational conglomerate company that makes different consumer products, aerospace systems and provides engineering services, was sued for making and selling the Z Shield to Armor Holdings.

The accusation over a defected bullet-proof vest is part of a larger investigation from the use of Zylon in the body armor industry. Previously the US made other companies, who took part is selling Zylon body armor industry, pay $16 million.

Source: The Engineer

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