The Defendants have acknowledged over 3,200 customer complaints of this issue between 1992 and 2004, but the suit alleges that the number of misfires is much higher than this because the Defendants have destroyed records of customer complaints.
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers injured by defective and dangerous products, has filed a lawsuit against Remington Arms Company, L.L.C., Sporting Goods Properties, Inc. and DuPont de Nemours and Company on behalf of a woman who suffered a gunshot wound from an allegedly defective rifle, and her husband. Parker Waichman filed the suit on October 12th in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Billings Division (Case No. 1:12-cv-00136-RFC).
The rifle in question is the Remington Model 600 Mohawk with the Walker Fire Control, which allegedly fires without a trigger pull under certain circumstances. In fact, the Defendants have recalled the Model 600 rifles due to the allegedly defective Walker Fire Control.
Allegedly, the rifle misfired without a trigger pull when the Plaintiffs went deer hunting in Carter County, Montana on October 31, 2007. According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff’s companion was unloading the Rifle by cycling the bolt after the hunt when it suddenly and unintentionally discharged, shooting the Plaintiff in the left foot. As a result, the Plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment, including having her left great toe amputated in November 2007.
At the time of the incident, the Plaintiff did not suspect that her injury was associated with a rifle defect because she and her companion understood that the rifle only shoots when the trigger is pulled. The Plaintiff only learned that the gun may have a defect when they learned about a documentary by CNBC News entitled “Remington Under Fire” which highlighted the defects with Remington bolt action rifles.
According to the CNBC investigation, the Remington Common Fire Control (CFC) can cause the gun to fire unintentionally. This is because the unique patented design locks the trigger in place when the safety is on, but other internal parts-such as the hammer, sear and firing pin- can continue moving. The mechanism can cause a discharge without any direct trigger action, leading to dangerous and deadly outcomes.
The majority of the media attention has been focused on the Remington Model 700, but the alleged defect implicates a number of different Remington rifles, including:
- Model 11-48 Shotgun
- Model 552 Speedmaster Rifle
- Model 572 Fieldmaster Rifle
- Model 740/742/7400 Rifle
- Model 760 Gamemaster Rifle
- Model 770 Bolt Action Rifle
- Model 870 Pump Action Shotgun
- Model 878/879 Shotgun
- Model 1100 Shotgun
- Model 7600 Rifle
- Model Four Rifle
- Model Mohawk 48 Shotgun
- Model Six Rifle
- Model Sportsman 48 Shotgun
- Model Sportsman 58 Shotgun
According to the lawsuit, the Defendants have been aware that Remington rifles with the Walker Fire Control can fire without a trigger pull as early as 1947. In fact, the suit claims that the company is so accustomed to such occurrences that they have developed acronyms for the when the gun misfires when taking the safety off, when the gun is jarred or bumped, or when the bolt is opening. The Defendants have acknowledged over 3,200 customer complaints of this issue between 1992 and 2004, but the suit alleges that the number of misfires is much higher than this because the Defendants have destroyed records of customer complaints. The lawsuit is alleging physical and emotional injuries, medical expense, lost income, loss of established course of life, loss of consortium and other damages on behalf of the Plaintiff.
Parker Waichman LLP is currently offering free legal consultations to owners and/or victims of Remington Model 600, Remington Model 700 & other Remington Rifle & Shotgun models. Please contact their office by visiting the Remington Model 700 rifle injury page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Jordan Chaikin, Partner