FN Issues Mandatory Safety Recall of all FN M249S Rifles

McLean, VA – October 20, 2017 | FN America, LLC, announces the mandatory safety recall of certain FN M249S® semi-automatic, belt-fed rifles in both standard and PARA configurations. A recently identified design issue within the hammer group of the rifle may adversely affect the rifle’s reliability. Under certain circumstances, a reset failure within the hammer group may cause the M249S to cease to function, causing an unsafe firing event. To correct this condition and restore consistent, proper and safe operation of the firearm, it is necessary to replace the hammer group.

FN is instructing customers to discontinue use of these rifles immediately and return affected products to FN directly for installation of a new hammer group, at no cost.

October 2017 FN M249S® SAFETY RECALL

Product Name: FN M249S
Model Names: FN M249S Standard, FN M249S PARA
Product Numbers: 56460, 56501, 56509, 56502, 56435 (Limited Edition)
Colors: Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE)

Not all FN M249S serial numbers are affected by this recall. Therefore, FN M249S owners are asked to visit the FN M249S Safety Recall webpage and input their serial number. If the firearm is affected, further instruction on returning the FN M249S for service will be provided.

Note: Please do not ship any affected product to FN until a FedEx label has been generated and sent. If the firearm is not affected, a message stating such will display. In the interim, FN asks that customers not operate their FN M249S standard or PARA until the hammer group has been replaced.

FN is deeply committed to providing customers with the safest, most reliable firearms possible. As such, it is imperative that all recalled product is received back as soon as possible. Patience and cooperation is appreciated as FN receives, inspects, and services these firearms. FN will make every effort to return the product back to customers within 30 days of receipt.

For questions about the recall or assistance in returning a firearm, contact the FN M249S Recall Support team at 1-800-635-1321, extension 145, or by email at M249Srecall@fnamerica.com. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

2 Comments On This Article

  1. “…A recently identified design issue within the hammer group of the rifle may adversely affect the rifle’s reliability. Under certain circumstances, a reset failure within the hammer group may cause the M249S to cease to function, causing an unsafe firing event…”

    Why not just say that the “design issue” will cause the affected rifles to fire in a “full auto” mode? Oh, that’s right, they’d get NONE of the rifles returned for “servicing”…

  2. Deeply committed????? I guess that is like Transunion was deeply committed to protecting my financial data. The time for being deeply committed is before the horse is out of the stable, or the gun out of the factory. How many times do they expect us to accept their “heartfelt apologies?” I’ll bet folks would be more committed to whatever it is that they should be committed to if when this kind of crap happens the guns got shoved up where the sun don’t shine. Bet they would find the problems before they took our money then.

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