ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide some compensation to buyers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits, the company said Thursday.
Suits filed in Missouri and Washington state claimed the rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death. They claimed that Model 700 rifles sometimes fire unexpectedly, without a trigger pull.
The settlements announced Thursday still must be finalized in court.
Remington Arms agreed to the settlements even though it denied allegations of any economic loss, the company said in a joint statement with the plaintiffs. The company declined to comment further and did not provide details of how the trigger mechanisms will be replaced.
Timothy Monsees, the Kansas City, Missouri, attorney for plaintiffs in both cases, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Remington has sold more than 5 million of the rifles since 1948.
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