updated 6/13/2011 12:17:49 PM ET 2011-06-13T16:17:49

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlastGard International, Inc. (OTCBB:BLGA) ("BlastGard" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its subsidiary HighCom Security, Inc. ("HighCom"), a worldwide security equipment manufacturer, has received the continuing certification of its ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing of hard armor plates. ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized quality management system standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Michael Bundy, COO of BlastGard stated, "This continuing assessment of the effective implementation and management of our ISO 9001:2008 system is vital to our ongoing efforts of improving the quality and conformity of our NIJ certified hard armor products, as well as maintaining effective control of conformity for our ongoing U.S. and international supply programs. This was truly a team effort on behalf of many individuals and, it is these individuals who deserve the credit for their incredible hard work and dedication in maintaining effective control of our manufacturing operations."

Michael Gordon, CEO of BlastGard stated, "As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, we have demonstrated our commitment to quality management, and to meeting requirements from both our customers and the regulators. We continually strive to improve our performance and to enhance our customer's satisfaction with our products and services and are very pleased that HighCom maintains its current standing as an ISO certified hard armor plate manufacturer."

About BlastGard International, Inc.

BlastGard International, Inc., doing business as BlastGard Defense Group, manufactures and markets proprietary blast mitigation materials through BlastGard International and designs, manufactures and distributes a unique range of leading security products and personal protective gear through HighCom Security. The Company's patent-pending BlastWrap® technology effectively mitigates blast effects and suppresses post-blast fires. This unique technology can be used to create new, finished products or be used to retrofit to existing products. BlastGard's core market focus is on blast effects mitigation for the commercial sector, military, law enforcement and government agencies. HighCom provides a wide range of security products and personal protective gear (including tactical armor) that are tailored and offer protection solutions to specific customer requirements. Given the equipment and ballistic protection solutions provided by HighCom, compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of the Treasury and all other governmental agencies' regulations is a high priority. HighCom has sold its products in the defense and law enforcement sectors and is known for innovative technology, exceptional customer service and superior quality performance. Additional information on BlastGard Defense Group's companies can be found at http://www.blastgardintl.com ; http://www.highcomsecurity.com ; and http://highcomonline.com .

"Safe Harbor'' statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions contained in the foregoing are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. It is possible that the assumptions made by management are not necessarily the most likely and may not materialize. In addition, other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: the Company's ability to market its products; the Company's ability to obtain additional funding; the Company's ability to obtain regulatory approvals on new products, the general economy; competitive factors; ability to attract and retain personnel; the price of the Company's stock; and other risk factors. The Company takes no obligation to update or correct forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Company Contact:
         BlastGard International, Inc.
         Michael J. Gordon
         (727) 592-9400

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