December 8, 2015 — Documents unsealed as part of a class action lawsuit settlement show that Remington engineers met 25 years ago to discuss problems with the best-selling Model 700 firing without the trigger being pulled.
In 1989, engineers met with lawyers to discuss the problem and come up with a new design that wouldn’t be seen as an admission of guilt, according to an exclusive report by CNBC.
It wasn’t until last year that Remington agreed to a landmark class action settlement and agreed to replace the triggers in up to 7.5 million guns.
The settlement includes the top-selling Model 700 bolt-action rifle, as well as the Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725. The settlement also covers guns with the X-Mark Pro trigger. As of mid-August, only 2,327 claims had been filed.
Critics say a tiny internal component known as a “trigger connector” can get clogged with debris and misalign other parts of the firing mechanism, rendering the gun unsafe.
The first lawsuit over the Model 700 was filed in 1971. In the decades since then, the problem has been blamed for at least two dozen deaths. Remington has been hit with thousands of complaints and over 100 lawsuits. According to CNBC, Remington rejected multiple alternative designs for the trigger and continues to insist the rifles are safe.
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