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Military recalls 18,000 protective vests

WASHINGTON -- The military is recalling more than 18,000 protective vests because they did not meet ballistic test standards when the body armor was made up to five years ago. It is the second recall in about six months.

Some vests in the latest recall may have been used in Iraq.

Marine Corps spokesman Major Douglas Powell and Army spokesman Paul Boyce said no Marines or soldiers were at risk, because the vest met field test requirements. The vests did not meet the higher manufacturing standards. Officials discovered the problems in September.

The recall affects only the outer tactical vest and its soft inserts, made by Florida-based Point Blank Body Armor Inc., and not the ceramic insert that also is used in the armor.

In May, the Marine Corps recalled 5,277 combat vests after a newspaper article raised concerns that they failed a test to determine whether they could stop a bullet.

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