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Monday, September 26, 2005
  Good Grief! Second Chance left defective body armor in the field
Faulty Body Armor May Have Endangered Bush: "Prosecutors have gathered documents showing that Second Chance was alerted as early as 1998 by the Japanese material maker, Toyobo Co., that Zylon had trouble maintaining its protective properties.

By 2001, Second Chance's research chief, Aaron Westrick, was pleading unsuccessfully with his company's president to replace the vests after his own tests showed them degrading, the memos show.

'Lives and our credibility are at stake,' Westrick wrote then-Second Chance president Richard Davis in a Dec. 18, 2001, memo. 'We will only prevail if we do the right things and not hesitate. This issue should not be hidden for obvious safety issues and because of future litigation.'

Westrick urged Davis to 'immediately notify our customers of the degradation problems,' let those with pending orders cancel them and cease all executive bonuses to save money so the company could pay for a replacement initiative, the memo shows.

But Second Chance customers were not alerted to the problems until September 2003 — after a California police officer was shot to death wearing the vest and a Pennsylvania officer was seriously wounded."
 
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