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In a related story bullet-proof vests:

"Visual inspection is not enough to tell you if there is a problem with the armor," said NIJ's director, Sarah V. Hart.

The prime factor leading to Zylon's degradation appears to be moisture, the study said, adding that more research is needed. Keeping protective material dry is an especially tricky problem _ officers often perspire and sometimes work in rainy or snowy conditions.

Until now, complaints about Zylon vests have focused on Second Chance Body Armor Inc., the top U.S. supplier of bullet-resistant police vests. Toyobo Co. Ltd., Zylon's Japanese maker, has acknowledged Zylon may lose up to 20 percent of its strength within just two years."

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7272.shtml
 
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