Remington Faces 3 Class Action Lawsuits Over Defective Model 700 Rifle

There have been three attempts to bring class action lawsuits against gun manufacturer Remington over its Model 700 rifle. However, one of these lawsuits, filed in Montana, has been dropped on the request of both the plaintiff and the gun maker. The other two cases are in the states of Missouri and Washington and are still pending. Neither group of plaintiffs has received certification for class action status.

Claims concerning Model 700’s defects are not new. This rifle was first released in 1962 and quickly became the most popular bolt-action rifle on the market. To this day, it continues to sell well, but Remington has had a history of complaints and legal actions over the rifle. In 1994, the company lost a case to a man whose foot was lost to a misfiring Model 700. The case was not appealed, and Remington settled out of court. The company has also won its fair share of cases over the years by successfully connecting fault to improper use by the rifle owner.

Recent complaints also involve problems with the trigger mechanism. Ten years ago, a man was shot when a family member released the safety. Even though the trigger was not touched, the rifle fired, and the accident proved fatal. Remington examined the rifle and claimed there was significant rust, and the gun was not properly maintained

The latest lawsuit involves an Oregon resident who filed suit in the United States District Court in Boise, Idaho. As in past cases, the gun owner claims the gun fired without the trigger being pressed. This happened while on a hunting trip last year in Idaho and the gun owner was injured during the accident.

There is evidence that some of the rifles produced have been defective. Reading Remington’s internal memos from 1979 show there were approximately 20,000 rifles in which the trigger mechanism could be tricked into misfiring. The guns affected were built prior to 1975.

Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57609371/idaho-lawsuit-is-latest-claim-against-remington/
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/07/17/eveningnews/main301947.shtml
http://www.remington.com/pages/our-company/company-history.aspx
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/records.pdf