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Suit Filed Against Remington Arms Over Alleged Safety Defect In Its Model 700 Rifles

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A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of North Carolina and Washington consumers who own the Remington Model 700 Rifle manufactured by Remington Arms. The complaint alleges that the Walker Fire Control (WFC) trigger mechanism, a component on these rifles, is defective. Remington Arms Company, LLC., Sporting Goods Properties, Inc. and E.I. Du Pont Nemours and Company have been named as defendants.

The Walker Fire Control uses a separate trigger connector that is not physically attached to the trigger itself, but is instead held in place by tension from a spring and side plates. The design of the gun can cause debris to build up in a gap that forms when the rifle is fired, which can, allegedly, result in misfires. There is no engineering reason to use a separate trigger connector. In fact, Mr. Walker, the component’s designer, publicly acknowledged in 2011 that the component’s only purpose was to make firing smoother and reduce manufacturing costs. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants knew of the defective nature of the Walker Fire Control before it was even placed on the market.

The defendants acknowledge receiving 3,273 complaints about the Model 700 Remington Rifles firing without a trigger pull between 1992 and 2004. The complaint alleges that number was probably considerably higher because it is unlikely that every consumer that experienced a misfire reported it to the company. disclaimer: This article: Suit Filed Against Remington Arms Over Alleged Safety Defect In Its Model 700 Rifles was posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 10:59 pm at and is filed under Construction Defect Lawsuits, Other Lawsuits.

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