December 8, 2015 — An exclusive investigation by CNBC has uncovered documents showing that Remington knew about problems with rifles firing without the trigger being pulled since the 1980s, decades before last year’s recall.
Engineers and lawyers met to discuss the problem in 1989, according to CNBC, but were hesitant to make any design changes that might be seen as an admission of guilt.
The first lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania in 1971. Since then, over 100 lawsuits and two dozen deaths have been blamed on the trigger. Remington vigorously denies that the guns are defective.
The documents were unsealed as part of a class action settlement in which Remington agreed to replace trigger on up to 7.5 million guns, including their top-selling Model 700 bolt-action rifle. The settlement also covers the Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725 rifles.
The problem, say critics, is that debris can get inside the “trigger connector” and cause other parts of the trigger to become misaligned, rendering the gun unsafe. Another CNBC investigation in 2010 found that Remington rejected alternative designs, even after reproducing the problem in their own tests and hiring an independent lab to investigate.
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