According to a CNBC report, U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, a Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, has handed down a final ruling in what is being described as a “landmark class action case settlement” involving certain Remington firearms. The settlement will enable owners of up to a reported 7.5 million Remington rifles with potentially defective triggers to have them replaced free of charge.
The class action lawsuit claims that trigger mechanisms with a component part known as a trigger connector are defectively designed and can result in accidental discharges without the trigger being pulled.
The settlement covers Remington’s Model 700, as well as other firearms, including these models: Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, 721, 722 and 725 rifles, and the XP-100 bolt-action pistol.
“By approving this settlement, the Court facilitates remediation of the alleged defect,” Smith wrote in his ruling. “That result may save lives and reduce the risk of injury to others.”
Remington had issued a voluntary recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro triggers manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014, Just prior to the settlement being reached, the April issue of American Shooting Journal went to press with an article that featured three of the top-rated after-market trigger replacements for the Remington model rifles covered by the ruling.
To learn more about who is included in the ruling, what is provided under the settlement, and other information, click here.
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