July 7, 2014 — Remington Arms Co. has agreed to a nationwide class action lawsuit settlement for claims that the Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism. The settlement could lead to a recall of millions of guns, according to the Montana Standard.
The Missoulian also talked to Richard Barber, a Montana man whose 9 year-old son, Gus, was killed by a Model 700 rifle in a hunting accident in 2000.
Remington is already facing at least three class actions and a number of individual lawsuits. Members of the litigation claim that the Walker Fire Control trigger mechanism can fire unexpectedly, without the trigger being pulled.
The Walker Fire Control has been in production since the 1940s. Remington introduced the X-Mark Pro (XMP), a new fire-control mechanism, in 2006. In April 2014, Remington recalled the XMP trigger because excess bonding agent could allow the gun to discharge unexpectedly. Click here to read more.
Remington agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that was filed by Ian Pollard in federal court in Missouri in January 2013. According to the complaint, Remington has known about the problem for decades:
“Defendants have known since 1979 that at least 1 percent of all Model 700 rifles at that time would ‘trick,’ allowing them to fire unexpectedly without a trigger pull … this percentage is vastly understated and that all Model 700 rifles are subject to unexpected firing without a trigger pull.”
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