One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.
Gun owner Ian Pollard sued Remington Arms in 2013, alleging its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifle can fire unexpectedly without the trigger being pulled. An agreement in the class-action case was reached on July 2, though terms are still being worked out. A federal judge in Kansas City gave both sides until Oct. 30 to secure a formal agreement.
The preliminary settlement does not say if the company agreed to a recall or if it will make financial reparations.
The lawsuit asked the court to declare all Model 700 bolt-action rifles with a Walker Fire Control to be defective; for a court order requiring recall of those models; and for the company to cover the losses of gun owners who claim the faulty trigger assemblies make their rifles worthless.
People claiming they were injured when the guns misfired have filed several lawsuits against Remington over the years. In 1994, a Texas jury awarded $17 million to a man who lost his foot.
Remington has won cases, too, blaming the user of the guns, rather than a defective trigger mechanism.
In April, Remington issued a recall of both the Model 700 and Model Seven rifles. The recall applies to the models equipped with the X-Mark Pro trigger that was manufactured between May 2006 and April 9, 2014. Some rifles may have excess bonding agent that could cause them to accidently fire, the company said.