This suit filed by Conax on behalf of the US Government alleges the company knowingly sold counterfeit and/or defective safety gear to NASA without letting the Department of Defense contractors aware.
The microchips were being used in SEAWARS. "SEAWARS separates pilots who eject into water from their parachutes with an electrically triggered explosive charge in order to keep them from drowning in their rigging." This lawsuit began because of an unusual high failure rate in testing.
According to this article, Michael Hippert, an independent broker, obtained this parts in Asia, but had no idea the parts were counterfeit.
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