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Product defect claims lead to recall of Remington rifles

Hunting is a favored sport for many adventurous folks in Montana. Most people buy their rifles before fall to be prepared for peak hunting season. However, defects in these firearms could lead to fatalities.

Many guns have been recalled over the years due to equipment defects. One gun-related website states that over 30 firearm recalls have been carried out by various manufacturers due to malfunctioning parts or defective metal.

Perhaps the most recent recall applies to Model Seven and Model 700 rifles manufactured by Remington between May 2006 and April 2014. The guns may have excess bonding agent on the trigger area, which can lead to accidental firing. The company officials stated that they are confident with the design of their triggers but the product recall is being conducted for the sake of customer safety.

In a separate incident that also involved the Model 700 rifles, a Montana shooting instructor claimed that a defective safety was responsible for the death of his son. This claim led to the 2002 recall of several million rifles that were manufactured prior to 1982. Because of this incident, Remington also promised to redesign the trigger. The new trigger style, the X-Mark Pro, was released in 2007 but it, too, is under fire with this recent recall.

In 2011, an investigation revealed that over 75 lawsuits had previously been filed against Remington for this misfiring trigger, which will sometimes go off without even being touched. Sources say that the rifle has caused hundreds of injuries and 25 or more deaths. However, many people are not aware of this most recent and very large recall by the company.

A person injured due to a defective product can file a personal injury claim against the distributor or manufacturer. An investigation may be conducted to show that the defective product caused serious injury or fatality. Further investigation may reveal that other consumers have been hurt by the same product.

Source: Billings Gazette, "Remington rifles recalled for possible problems with trigger,"Brett French, May 08, 2014

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