Despite filing for bankruptcy early this year, Remington is still going strong as a company – but they are not free from their past.
Remington was the target of a class action lawsuit alleging that the trigger used in many of their bolt-action rifles dating back to more than 40 years are fundamentally defective. The lawsuit has been officially settled with some 7.5 million Remington rifles possibly effected.
While Remington denies any wrongdoing, liability, or that their triggers are in fact defective – they have settled the class action lawsuit and are offering customers their choice of a new trigger, a voucher redeemable at Remington’s online store, or a refund if you have already replaced the trigger with an X-Mark Pro.
They have also set up a website to help people with their claims: RemingtonFirearmsClassActionSettlement.Com. Customers have 18 months to file their claim.
Who is Included in the Settlement?
To quote their site:
“All current owners of Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725 firearms containing a Remington trigger mechanism that utilizes a trigger connector; and
All current owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles containing an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014, who did not participate in the voluntary X-Mark Pro product recall prior to April 14, 2015; and
All current and former owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles who replaced their rifle’s original Walker trigger mechanism at their own cost with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.”
What Does the Settlement Provide?
Once again, according to the Remington site:
“Settlement Class Members may be entitled to:
(1) have their trigger mechanism retrofitted with a new X-Mark Pro or other connectorless trigger mechanism at no cost to the class members;
(2) receive a voucher code for Remington products redeemable at Remington’s online store; and/or
(3) be refunded the money they spent to replace their Model 700 or Seven’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.”
How Do I Collect on the Settlement?
Visit RemingtonFirearmsClassActionSettlement.Com and file your claim, Remington also states that if you own one of the rifles named – you should stop using it immediately.
While the story is long and a bit complex, the bottom line is that there are people who claim that the Remington trigger design that uses a trigger connector is fundamentally flawed and under limited circumstances can discharge the rifle without the trigger being pulled.
While these accusations have floated around for decades, it all came to a head only recently.
Despite settling this class action lawsuit and multiple wrongful death claims, Remington categorically denies any wrongdoing or that their trigger is defective.