The US Marine Corps is recalling more than 5,000 combat vests made by Point Blank Body Armor that were supplied to troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti, after an article in Marine Corps Times alerted officials to possible manufacturing defects.

Although service officials maintain that they don't believe the vests are faulty, the Marines stated that they would recall the Outer Tactical Vest to allay any doubts.

The vests are part of the Interceptor body armour package given to troops in war zones, and, when worn with protective plates, are supposed to be bulletproof.

However, a number of the garments failed the Marines' standards when put through testing last year, according to spokesman Capt Jeff Landis.

Approximately 181,000 of the vests were supplied to troops.