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WASHINGTON — Marine officials this week announced additional sets of serial numbers included in their recall last month of more than 10,000 defective outer tactical vests.

Marines spokesman Capt. Jeff Landis said the new batch of numbers represents more detail from the previous recall, not more problematic vests. The 1,500- plus vests were only identified as III Marine Expeditionary Force equipment in the last recall message.

Most of the new vests were sent to Camp Kinser on Okinawa, and originally shipped in February 2000. The recall is limited only to the OTVs and not the protective plates they hold.

In a message to Marine personnel last month, Marine officials said the vests “do not meet contract specifications.” While the vests can stop some small arms rounds and shrapnel, they do not meet other ballistic criteria mandated by the service.

The recall affected more than 18,400 vests total, including 8,083 vests sent to the Army.

Landis said so far about 68 of the Marine vests have been identified and returned.

In a statement this week Marines officials said while the vests do no meet combat specifications, they will be used as training tools in courses with the Basic School, the School of Infantry, and the Weapons Training Battalion.

None of the vests pose any danger in a training environment, Landis said, because they meet or exceed most ballistics standards.

Recalled OTVs

Marine officials on Tuesday announced additional serial numbers of OTVs being recalled because of manufacturing problems.

The following lot numbers were sent to Camp Kinser, Okinawa, in February 2000:

MC13300 MC13302

MC13303 MC13306

MC13310 MC13313

MC13322 MC13324

MC13327 MC13331

MC13335 MC13341

MC14810 MC14992

MC15120 MC15964

MC15965 MC16324

MC17195 MC17198

The following lots were sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in February 2000:

MC14788 MC14809

MC11937 MC11948



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