The firearm industry faces surmounting pressure on a daily basis for creating weapons capable of death, mostly in the form of gun control. However, this time firearm leader, Remington Arms Co. is facing litigation over alleged faulty defects in its Model 700 bolt-action rifle.
Three separate class-action lawsuits have been filed in Montana, Missouri, and Washington allege that “every Model 700 should be considered unreasonably dangerous and defective because it is prone to fire without pulling the trigger due to the defective design of the trigger assembly.” (Independent Record) This is not the first time Remington has faced these allegations regarding its Model 700,
“Over the years, Remington has won, lost and settled scores of lawsuits filed by people injured by the Model 700 rifle. Most of the suits alleged the rifle has a defect that can cause it to fire without the trigger being pulled.
One of the biggest verdicts against Remington was in 1994. Texas oil worker Glenn Collins, whose foot was amputated after an accident with the Model 700, won a $17 million verdict against the company. The case later was settled out of court, after Remington agreed not to appeal the verdict.
Collins said the rifle fired accidentally in 1989 as he was unloading it, striking his foot.”
Just last week CNBC ran a story on the overwhelming evidence of the defects in the Model 700 rifle. Their investigation uncovered thousands of complaints all across the country alleging that the rifle fires accidentally without anyone pulling the trigger. It is estimated that more than 5 million U.S. residents own Remington Model 700 rifles with the defective Walker Fire Control System.
If you or a family member has a Model 700 rifle from Remington, make sure your rifle is check for safety and if you suffer injury because it accidentally fires you need to speak with one of our attorneys immediately.
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. Orlando Defective Products Attorneys