Remington Arms Company, LLC, the nation’s oldest firearms maker, is now facing dozens of individual lawsuits and three class actions alleging that their Model Seven and 700 rifles have defective X-Mark Pro (XMP) triggers that can fire without warning. On April 11, 2014, Remington issued a nationwide recall for these rifles, indicating that design flaws in the trigger can cause them to unintentionally discharge in certain situations.
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Remington Rifles Recalled Over Trigger Problems
According to the Remington Rifle Recall Announcement, an investigation conducted by the company has determined that too much bonding agent may have been used in making the guns, which may cause them to discharge accidentally. The recall announcement does not indicate how many incidents have been caused by the defective trigger mechanisms, but a growing number of individual and class action lawsuits have been recently filed against Remington by people who were allegedly injured after the bolt-action rifles discharged accidentally.
Which Rifles are Affected?
The new recall only affects Remington models Seven and 700 rifles featuring XMP triggers. Remington has stated that it is recalling all affected products to fully inspect and clean the trigger mechanisms. Until this is complete, the company is urging consumers to stop using the recalled guns and return them to Remington free of charge.
“While we have the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, we are undertaking this recall in the interest of customer safety, to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process,” said Remington Director of Public Affairs and Communications Teddy Novin. “Our goal is to have every recalled firearm inspected, specialty cleaned, tested and returned as soon as possible.”
Rifles affected by this recall were made between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014, but some lawsuits allege the trigger problem is far more extensive, and may affect a greater number of rifles.
Class Action Lawsuit Allegations
In January 2013, a Remington 700 Rifle Class Action Lawsuit alleged that unintentional discharges were caused by the company’s Walker Fire Control, which has been in use for more than 65 years and is found in over 5,000,000 Remington guns. The class action claims that Remington has known since at least 1979 that 1% of all Model 700 rifles fire unexpectedly because of fundamental defects in the fire control assembly. The lawsuit also claims Remington was aware of these issues before the Model 700 even hit the market.
Back in 1978, Remington recalled its Model 600 series rifle, which contained the same fire control system, after finding that the gun had a 55.9% failure rate. The 2013 class action lawsuit claims that the Model 700 has the exact same problems. The parties in that case are expected to propose a briefing schedule for the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification in May 2014.
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