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Popular Rifle Recalls Triggers Class-Action Lawsuit

The Remington 700 is being recalled after thousands of owners have complained of the popular rifle firing without the trigger ever being pulled.  Potentially 7.5 million rifles, including the Model Seven, were manufactured and issued with a defected trigger called the X-Mark Pro.  Remington is warning owners with these models to stop using the rifle immediately and to bring it in for inspection as the XMP trigger may have an excessive bonding agent that can cause unintentional discharge.

A class-action lawsuit is in effect after the defect has led to many deadly injuries, including the case of the Stringer brothers where a boy accidentally killed his brother after the rifle fired without the trigger being pulled.  According to reports, Remington has downplayed the accusations for decades claiming “human error” as a result of the mishaps and not a manufacturing issue. However, after several lawsuits and evidence showing Remington was aware of the problem as early as 1975, the company finally came to the judgement of issuing a recall.

How do I know if my rifle is defected?

The recall is geared specifically towards the Remington Model 700 or Model Seven rifles with an X-Mark Pro® trigger. Owners can enter in the serial number on the Remington website to see if their rifle needs to be inspected. Or, they can call on its toll-free XMP-Recall Hotline at 1-800-243-9700. Remington says they will provide shipping, inspection, replacement the trigger mechanism (if necessary) and return at no cost to the owner.

How do I know if I am eligible for benefits from a class-action settlement?

The settlement provides benefits to:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Current and former owners of Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles who replaced their rifle’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.

Owners who are provided the settlement may be entitled to:

  1. A no-cost repair replacement of the trigger mechanism with a new X-Mark Pro or other connector less trigger mechanism
  2. A voucher code for Remington products redeemable at the online store
  3. A refund for owners who spent money to replace the Model 700 or Seven’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark trigger mechanism.

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