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BASI FAQs > Questions for Zylon® Vests

Below are the list of questions that relate to Zylon® Vests. If you don't find a question that relates to your inquiry, you can click your browser's back button to Return to the List of Topics and view a section that might better fit your inquiry.

 Questions for Zylon® Vests

  • Do other ballistic-resistant materials degrade, to what extent do they degrade, and what is being done to ensure that body armor made of these materials are protected from degradation?

  • Do the upgrade kits offered with certain models of Zylon®-based body armor ensure the armor's performance throughout the warranty period?

  • Has the cause of the Forest Hills (PA) vest failure been determined?

  • How should I care for my body armor to ensure that it continues to perform throughout its warranty period?

  • Is used armor's ability to prevent excessive backface signature as important as its ability to prevent bullet penetration?

  • My body armor contains Zylon®. Should I stop wearing it?

  • Now that the Department of Justice has provided findings on the evaluation of upgrade kits, what should law enforcement agencies and officers do if they are concerned with the performance of their upgrade kit and armor?

  • We have heard that armor performance may degrade as a result of exposure to heat, moisture, light, and wear and tear. How does one know if the armor's performance may have degraded and may no longer provide adequate protection?

  • What does the manufacturer's warranty cover?

  • What is Zylon®?

  • What is the Body Armor Safety Initiative and how does it benefit law enforcement agencies?

  • What is the Department of Justice doing to address the issues related to the performance of used body armor?

  • What is the Department of Justice doing to modify the existing body armor standard and compliance testing program to ensure the performance of used body armor?

  • What is the Second Chance upgrade offer? Should I accept this offer?

  • What is the issue with Zylon®?

  • When will the Department of Justice complete its testing of Zylon®-based body armor and provide the public safety community with the definitive answers on the performance of Zylon®-based body armor?

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