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Wear a Vest or Dodge Bullets? Maybe Both.

Bulletproof may not mean exactly that anymore. A company known as Second Chance Body Armor has been making bulletproof vests since the company's founder got shot while delivering a pizza.

Inspiration comes from the oddest circumstances.

The company has constantly been searching for newer, more lightweight fabrics to use in its vests. Second Chance thought they found it with Zylon, a new polymer material.

Until Oceanside, California Police Office Tony Zeppetella was killed while wearing a Second Chance vest. Second Chance is now being sued by Officer Zeppetella's wife. More troubles are on the way for Second Chance, as well. Six other lawsuits are pending over the allegedly defective vests. Claims have been made that Zylon breaks down under heat and humidity more quickly than originally thought.

Second Chance offered a 5-year warranty on the vests, but has now withdrawn them from the market, and posted news of investigations and other warnings on its site.

The AP article notes that 200,000 officers use vests with Zylon out of the 700,000 police officers who wear vests.

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "dodging a bullet."

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, December 22, 2003 at 15:57 Comments Closed (1) |
 
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