PPI to Pay $960,000 for Defective Bulletproof Vest Allegations

Protective Products International Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $960,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by supplying defective Zylon bulletproof vests, the Justice Department has announced.

As part of the agreement, PPI has pledged its cooperation in the government's ongoing investigation of other entities that manufactured and sold Zylon vests purchased by the government.

The United States alleged that the Sunrise, Fla.-based company sold vests that it knew were defective because the Zylon material was not appropriate for ballistic applications. The Zylon fiber for PPI's vests came from Toyobo Co. Ltd. and was woven by Lincoln Fabrics Ltd. and Barrday Corp. These vests were purchased by the United States, and by various state, local, and/or tribal law enforcement agencies.

"Defective body armor places our first-responders at risk unnecessarily," said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division.

In July 2005, the Justice Department intervened in a qui tam action against Second Chance Body Armor and Toyobo seeking to recover damages relating to the sale of defective Zylon bulletproof vests by Second Chance. In June of 2007, the government filed a lawsuit against Toyobo for its role in the sale of defective Zylon bulletproof vests to the U.S. by other manufacturers of bulletproof vests.

Download Center

  • EHS Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2021

    September 2021

    Featuring:

    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Managing Combustible Dust and Risk Mitigation
    • PPE: CONSTRUCTION
      The Rising Popularity of Safety Helmets on the Jobsite
    • PPE: ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Tips for a Successful Wear Trial
    • SAFETY & HEALTH
      Medical Surveillance Versus Medical Screening
    View This Issue