Last month, the popular ballistics and body armor company AR500 Armor recalled its Level III body armor after it failed to meet performance requirements, allowing a bullet to penetrate and pose a risk of gunshot injury or death.
The recall only includes the Level III body armor with the manufacture date code of February 2016 through March 2016. To check the manufacture date, users should look on the white label on the back side of the armor plate.
AR500 Armor is recalling all pieces of the armor, including the chest plates, side plates and ABS panels. AR500’s Level III is rated for protection against rifle calibers up to 7.62X51 M80 Ball (.308) at 2,800 feet per second.
On its website, AR500 said that the recall and replacement is necessary “because a supplier of some certified ballistic grade steel failed to disclose to AR500 Armor that some of its steel failed certain ballistic tests until after the body armor had been distributed.”
There have been no reported injuries. Nevertheless, the company asks that purchasers immediately stop using the recalled armor and contact them to receive instructions on how to receive new, functional Level III armor. There will be no cost to customers.
Purchasers can contact AR500 Armor toll-free at 844-887-8824 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at support@AR500armor.com or online at www.ar500armor.com and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.