Earlier this year Remington announced a product safety recall of the massively popular Model 700. The recall covered all Remington Model 700 and Model 7 rifles produced between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014. The recall information found on Remington’s website states that excessive bonding agent in the trigger mechanism could cause an unintentional discharge. If you would like to check if your rifle is covered under the initial recall you can enter your serial number on Remington’s webpage. If your rifle falls under the recall, Remington will issue a prepaid shipping label.
In a story that broke earlier this week on the NBC News website, NBC announced that Remington has agreed to recall all Remington 700 rifles. This could amount to 7.8 million rifles. This comes as part of a settlement of two class action lawsuits accusing Remington and its owners of “negligence, breach of warranty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and fraudulent concealment”. Remington states the settlement is an effort “to avoid the uncertainties and expense of protracted litigation.”
It is important to note that Remington emphasizes this is NOT a recall. It is a chance for concerned owners to have their triggers retrofitted at no charge.
As part of the proposed settlement, Remington will retrofit the rifle’s trigger at no cost to the owner. If the owner has previously replaced their trigger mechanism, Remington will reimburse the owner for the cost of the replacement. If the rifle cannot be retrofitted, Remington will issue a voucher for other Remington products. The settlement is pending approval by a judge.
This move may prove to be beneficial for many competition shooters who replaced the factory trigger for a higher quality unit. Depending on the exact wording on the settlement it may be possible for owners to choose their own replacement trigger. This would prevent a potentially lengthy wait time while Remington processes hundreds of thousands of rifles.
HOUSTON, Dec. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On Dec. 5, 2014, papers were filed seeking approval of a proposed settlement of two economic class-action lawsuits of certain Remington bolt-action centerfire firearms that contain either a Walker trigger mechanism, or a trigger mechanism which utilizes a “trigger connector.”
The filings triggered multiple news reports that mistakenly conveyed the proposed agreement in significant fashions that require immediate clarification.
These settlements are not recalls.
These settlements are not any admission that the products are defective or unsafe.
These settlements are an opportunity for any concerned consumers who have the Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722 and 725 rifles with either a Walker trigger mechanism, or a trigger mechanism which utilizes a “trigger connector” to have Remington install a new trigger.
The benefits under the settlement, including the trigger replacement program, will not be in place until after court approval of the settlement and full notice will go out at that time.
This culminates from extensive mediator-supervised negotiations between lawyers for those concerned about the triggers and Remington, who while denying there is any cause for concern, always desires to ensure that its customers are satisfied with Remington products.
A joint press release will be issued to better explain details of the proposed settlement.
For further information, contact: Mark Lanier at wml@LanierLawFirm.com; 800-723-3216
SOURCE Lanier Law Firm
The Remington 700 is arguably the most popular platform in precision rifle competition. We will be following these developments closely. Keep an eye on this page for more information.