Armor Holdings Products has agreed to pay the US $30m (£17.5m) to resolve allegations that it violated the US False Claims Act by knowingly manufacturing and selling defective Zylon bullet-proof vests.
The vests were purchased by the federal government and by various law enforcement agencies.
The Zylon vests from Armor Holdings contained either woven Zylon or a Zylon-laminate insert called Z Shield. The Zylon fibre used in both types of vests was manufactured by Toyobo, and in July 2007, the
The Z Shield insert containing Zylon was manufactured by Honeywell, and in June this year, the
The $30m settlement was part of a larger investigation of the body armour industry’s use of Zylon. The