Federal agents have been wearing expired body armor for months, according to a Washington lawmaker. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley says that over 1,400 U.S. Marshals are impacted, exposing them to unnecessary risk.
Ballistic vests can actually wear out or age so much that they become less effective at stopping bullets. Typically, a vest is designed to last five years, but factors such as how the vest is worn or where it is stored can affect efficacy.
Marshals guard courthouses, judges and witnesses, and track down fugitives. The vests are seen as essential gear for that work.