ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.
Gun owner Ian Pollard sued Remington Arms Co. in 2013, claiming problems with its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifle. An agreement in the class-action case was reached on July 2, though terms are still being worked out. A federal judge in Kansas City, Missouri, gave both sides until Oct. 30 to secure a formal agreement.
The preliminary settlement does not say if the company agreed to a recall or if it will make financial reparations.
Messages left Tuesday with Pollard, his attorney and with Remington, were not returned.
Remington has sold more than 5 million of the rifles since 1948. The lawsuit claimed that Model 700 rifles "are subject to unexpected firing without a trigger pull."
The lawsuit asked the court to declare all Model 700 bolt-action rifles with a Walker Fire Control to be defective; for a court order requiring recall of those models; and for the company to cover the losses of gun owners who claim the faulty trigger assemblies make their rifles worthless.
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