More than a year after a major settlement in a class action lawsuit that could impact millions rifles in the U.S., Remington has been given more time to work out the details of how it will make good on what many believe is a deadly and flawed trigger.
A federal judge has granted a 60-day extension to a deal reached back in December 2014 between Remington and representatives in a class action lawsuit that claimed certain triggers installed in Remington 700 and other bolt action rifles in the company’s line were linked to dozens of deaths. In that deal, Remington agreed to repair, replace or refund what could be as many as 8 million of the so-called “Walker triggers” in more than a dozen of its bolt guns.
Several news stories have documented cases where shooters of Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifles have fired without a trigger pull, sometimes discharging when the bolt is locked forward or when the safety is disengaged. Remington claims there is no design flaw with the trigger and has said the unintended discharges are the result of user error.
Federal District Court Judge Ortrie Smith agreed to extend the settlement deadline until April 29, the second time he’s granted more time. In his statement, Smith wondered why only about 2,000 Remington customers had filed settlement claims since the agreement was announced, arguing neither side was doing enough to let gun owners know their rights.
“The Court cannot conceive that an owner of an allegedly defective firearm would not seek the remedy being provided pursuant to this Settlement Agreement,” Smith wrote, according to CNBC.com.
Remington claims the Walker triggers are perfectly safe and that the company agreed to the settlement in an effort to keep its customers happy. The Remington 700 is one of the most popular bolt-action rifles in the world and has been the choice of top precision shooters for years.
Remington declined a request for comment on this story.