The Defective Trigger
The trigger (or “fire control”) on the Remington Model 700 and a dozen other Remington rifles is dangerously defective. These rifles can fire when no one pulls the trigger. The rifles are Remington Models:
- Sportsman 78
Remington has long known that the trigger in these rifles is defective and that the rifles can fire when no one pulls the trigger – even if the rifles have performed perfectly for years.
In its internal documents, Remington lists the different ways the trigger can fail:
- FSR (fire when the safety is released)
- FD (follows down, fires when the bolt is closed)
- FOS (fires on safe)
- JO (jars off)
- SWW (safety won’t work)
Remington chose to keep the trigger defect secret for many years. As information about the defect became public through the efforts of Public Justice and others, national TV stations broadcast investigative reports on the trigger defect:
- In 2001, CBS News reported on the danger in Fixing a Fatal Flaw.
- In 2010, after Public Justice got some documents unsealed, CNBC reported on the defect in Remington Under Fire.
After each report, Remington denied there was a problem, said its testing never showed any defect, and kept selling the rifles.
And people kept getting injured and killed.
In lawsuit after lawsuit, Remington insisted its internal documents be sealed and, when it settled, paid the injury victims and required them to keep the documents secret.
In 2015, in a proposed settlement of a national class action, Pollard v. Remington Arms, Remington agreed to repair or replace the defective trigger in millions of these rifles.
In collaboration with the plaintiffs and their counsel, Public Justice obtained public access to all of the documents in all of the lawsuits ever filed against Remington over these defective triggers.
Based on these documents, more investigative reports followed:
- On December 8, 2015, CNBC issued a detailed investigative report exposing the truth.
- On December 20, 2016, CNBC broadcast an updated version of its documentary called Remington Under Fire: The Reckoning.
- On February 27, 2017, CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes broadcast a feature story and posted a video sidebar on the Remington 700’s dangers.
This website links to decades of customer complaints, lawsuits, and Remington documents, including tests by Remington and its experts in which the rifles fired without a trigger pull. It includes a Document Repository; easy-to-use PDF versions of PowerPoints with key documents about Customer Complaints, the “Fool-Proof” Safety, Remington Testing Failures, and the company’s Fraudulent Concealment; and Timelines with key documents about the Model 700 and the Model 710. The Power Points and Timelines were provided by Timothy Monsees of Monsees & Mayer, PC, attorneys experienced representing people injured by the Remington 700 and other rifles with the defective trigger.
If you own one of these rifles, please stop using them. If you are eligible to have the trigger replaced for free, please do so. If you aren’t, please get the trigger replaced before you use the rifle again.
Every trigger replaced is a potential life saved.
NOTE: Public Justice created this web site to provide public access to the Remington trigger defect documents and prevent as many deaths and injuries from these rifles as possible. This web site does not provide legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship between anyone and Public Justice.
Public Justice was not involved in negotiating the settlement in Pollard v. Remington Arms. We believe strongly, however, that, to the extent that the settlement leads to the replacement of the defective triggers in these rifles – or even stops these rifles from being used – it will have performed an important public service.
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