On the heels of a recall on certain Model 887 shotguns, Remington announced on Friday that it would replace triggers on all of its Model 700 rifles made since 1962 — about 7.85 million rifles.
Remington insists that this latest development is not a “recall” per se, but a settlement to “avoid the uncertainties and expense of protracted litigation.”
The initial lawsuit claimed the Model 700 would discharge without a pull of the trigger. Plaintiffs said the alleged faulty rifle led to the death of at least two dozen people and over 100 serious injuries.
However, in court, Remington denied the accusations, calling them “inaccurate, misleading, (and) taken out of context.”
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Under the settlement, which still must be approved by a judge, Remington has agreed to retrofit the rifles in question at no cost to the owner. Many users had new trigger mechanisms installed on their own, and Remington will reimburse them as part of the settlement. For guns that cannot be retrofitted, the company plans to offer vouchers for Remington products.
The settlement covers more than a dozen models, specifically the Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722 and 725.