CONSUMER ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lori Sitler/Janice Fitzsimons
Phone: (302) 577-8314
Pager: (302) 247-1132
Date: August 23, 2005
Claims Administrator Contact: Zylon Class Administrator
Address: P.O. Box 1700, Faribault, MN 55021-1700
Phone: 1- 877-567-2754
29 Million Dollars for Consumers of Bulletproof Vests
Registration deadline: September 9, 2005
(Wilmington DE): Attorney General M. Jane Brady today reminds Delaware consumers, and entities that have purchased, possess or own a bulletproof vest manufactured by Second Chance Body Armor, Inc., which contain Zylon, a fiber sold by Toyobo Company, Ltd. and Toyobo America Inc., that they must register their contact information with the Zylon Class Administrator by September 9, 2005 to receive settlement proceeds.
In October 1998, Second Chance Body Armor, Inc. started selling bulletproof vests that were expressly warranted to provide protection, without defects in material or workmanship. The vests however contained Zylon, a fiber manufactured by Toyobo Company, Ltd., which rapidly destabilized when exposed to conditions of heat and humidity. By March 2004 several states filed class action law suits naming Second Chance and Toyobo as defendants.
On February 9, 2005, the Oklahoma District Court certified a national class to represent all purchasers, owners and possessors of the defective product. It also acknowledged its limitation over the Defendant Second Chance, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Second Chance remains subject to the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court. Counsel for the national class and Defendant Toyobo successfully negotiated the twenty-nine million dollar settlement that created a fund for class members who purchased, own or posses a bulletproof vest containing Zylon. In order to receive part of the settlement proceeds, class members must register by September 9, 2005.
All submissions to the Claims Administrator must be sent by first class U.S. Mail, by hand delivery, or electronically, to Zylon Class Administrator, P.O. Box 1700, Faribault, MN 55021-1700, (877) 567-2754, www.zylonvestclassaction.com. Timeliness of all submissions and notices shall be measured by the postmark if the submission is made by mail, or by the date of the actual receipt of the submission if made by hand or electronic means.