These settlements are not recalls.
These settlements are not any admission that the products are defective or unsafe.
This economic settlement provides an avenue for consumers, who have certain Remington rifles, to voluntarily have a new trigger installed. As noted by the Plaintiffs, the benefits provided by the settlement will not be in place until after court approval.
Remington is issuing this press release today because it is important that the terms of the proposed economic settlement be accurately described, as Remington does not want its customers to be confused or misled.
Further, and contrary to CNBC’s story, it is undisputed that the Remington Model 700 is the best-selling American-made, bolt-action rifle of all time. The Model 700 has also been and continues to be the tactical sniper rifle of choice for the U.S. armed forces and special operators and is widely used by state and federal law enforcement agencies.
According to the most recent information, Remington is issuing a recall on 7.8 Million firearms. However they are offering to replace the trigger if the owner wishes.
UPDATE: In a released statement, Remington insisted they were not recalling the rifle, but were going to replace the trigger for anyone who wants it replaced.
It looks like Remington has finally acknowledged the 800lb gorilla in the room and agreed to replace every Remington 700 trigger ever made due to a recent settlement from a lawsuit.
The company is expected to issue a statement shortly which will likely set off one of the largest recalls in gun industry history.
According to CNBC:
America’s oldest gun manufacturer, Remington, has agreed to replace millions of triggers in its most popular product—the Model 700 rifle. The company has been riddled for years with claims the gun can fire without the trigger being pulled, often with deadly results.
CNBC was one of the first networks to do an in depth investigation into the Remington Model 700′s misfire allegations.
Numerous accidental shootings and even deaths have been attributed to malfunctioning Model 700 triggers.
Also from CNBC:
The settlement involves a class action suit brought in 2013 by Ian Pollard of Concordia, Missouri, who claimed his Remington 700 rifle fired on multiple occasions without the trigger being pulled. The agreement also settles a similar class action case in Washington state. The Pollard suit accused Remington and its owners of negligence, breach of warranty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and fraudulent concealment—some of it involving the company’s formal response to the 2010 CNBC documentary.
We don’t yet have any details about how a possible recall will work, but we will be sure to pass that information along as it becomes available.
Just last week, Remington recalled one of its shotgun models due to an issue where the gun could fire when a shell was being loaded into the chamber. See below for inforation on other Remington recalls.