A Remington class action lawsuit follows the recall of the company’s model 700 rifles due to an allegedly defective trigger mechanism that may cause some rifles to fire spontaneously. A number of complaints have reportedly been submitted to the company, as well as questions surrounding the deaths of a teenage boy and girl. Affected individuals and their loved ones may be able to recover compensation with the help of a product liability lawyer.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated Remington class action lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Video Reportedly Prompted Remington to Recall Rifles
In April 2014, Remington announced a recall of over 1 million rifles after receiving thousands of complaints that the guns were firing without squeezing the trigger. The recall involves all rifles equipped with a trigger mechanism known as the X-Mark Pro manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014. According to a report aired on 60 Minutes, Remington did not issue a recall until after a man published a video of the rifle firing without warning in his garage. After testing the Model 700 rifle, Remington discovered that four out of 10 rifles went off without squeezing the trigger in cold weather, prompting the company to issue the recall.
In 2011, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed his younger brother when his Remington Model 700 fired unexpectedly. The teenager was found guilty of manslaughter although the boy’s father and prosecutors say they never knew about the numerous complaints issued by Remington 700 owners who claim their guns fired spontaneously. In a separate incident, a man reportedly picked up his loaded model 700 in his house and accidentally shot a 16-year-old girl while she played in her grandmother’s front yard across the street. The man was not charged. However, the family of the girl sued Remington for $100 million, and according to 60 Minutes, the company agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount of money. The judge has yet to approve the settlement, the website reported.
Remington Class Action Lawsuit Filed
Remington now faces a class action lawsuit on behalf of rifle owners who claim the company knowingly sold them a defective product when the original trigger mechanisms, known as the Walker, received thousands of complaints. According to the report, 10 attorneys general have noted that there are potentially 7.5 million defective rifles in homes across the U.S. and that Remington knew about the defective triggers but failed to do anything about them.
In a statement issued by Remington, the company continues to deny the allegations of a design defect in the Walker trigger mechanism. However, the rifle maker has agreed to settle the class action lawsuit “on terms which are in the best interests of Remington and its valued customers.”
How a Remington Class Action Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Although Remington has agreed to settle, gun owners who are injured by a defective Remington 700 rifle may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries.
People injured by a defective Remington 700 trigger may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those killed by a defective Remington 700 rifle may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.