It seems like firearm news is usually filled with Remington recalls, and today is no different. Following a recent report on the CBS show 60 Minutes, Remington has reissued the full recall of many Remington 700 and Model Seven rifles featuring the X-Mark Pro trigger. Because the affected trigger can result in unintended discharges, this is a massive safety matter that has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Remington advises to immediate stop using your firearm and check the serial number. If your rifle falls under the recall, you’ll need to contact Remington for inspection and repair.
Remington issued a full recall on all rifles with the X-Mark Pro (XMP) trigger system manufactured between May 2006 and April 9th, 2014. Though originally announced in 2014, Remington has brought attention to the recall again after the 60 Minutes report did not accurately explain the ongoing recall efforts. The affected models have an excess of bonding material inside the trigger group that can cause a failure or malfunction, even an unintentional or delayed discharge.
On February 19, 2017, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment about Remington Arms Company, LLC and two tragic incidents which occurred in 2011. In narrating the details related to each incident, 60 Minutes omitted and misrepresented key facts which would have allowed the viewer to have an accurate and complete understanding about each. For example, 60 Minutes knew but did not disclose that both of the rifles in question were examined and tested by forensic scientists employed by each state’s crime lab and were found to be in proper working order. Remington provides this response to offer a more complete record of the relevant facts and a comprehensive overview of the incidents described in the story, and the recall which was at the center of the story.
The 60 Minutes segment showcased two separate incidents which it alleged stemmed from issues related to the rifles’ trigger mechanisms. Although Remington shared voluminous information and spent hours providing background information to 60 Minutes related to the recall and the two incidents, 60 Minutes failed to offer its viewers critical facts and content core to each incident. It is imperative that 60 Minutes viewers, our customers and the public, have accurate and complete information related to these two incidents as well as to the recall of Model 700 rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers and the settlement of the Pollard v. Remington class action lawsuit.
Separately, after Remington’s own investigation determined that there was a possible assembly error affecting some XMP triggers, in April 2014 the company immediately and voluntarily issued an international recall on all Remington products with XMP trigger mechanisms manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 and broadly promoted and advertised the recall. Under the recall program, over 350,000 XMP trigger mechanisms have been replaced. Firearm safety remains our number one priority.
This isn’t the first time Remington has recalled a trigger. Years prior to the XMP recall, Remington recalled the “Walker” trigger that had been used in the model 700 since the 1940s. After years of quietly settling lawsuits, Remington recalled the Walker triggers and offered to replace them with X-Mark Pro triggers. That recall was also the focus of a investigative journalism story, Remington Under Fire: a CNBC Investigation.
If you’d like to learn more about Remington’s response to the 60 Minutes segment, you can read it here: Remington Responds to 60 Minutes. If you think your rifle may be included in the recall or want to send your rifle for inspection and repair, you can find more information here: Remington Recalls XMP Rifles.