A personal injury lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages was filed against Taurus International and Remington Arms on Feb. 29 in a Michigan federal court. According to the complaint filed by William Fear, of Brighton, Michigan, his Taurus Tracker revolver loaded with Remington-brand .41 Magnum ammunition blew up in his hands in September 2013, causing serious and permanent injuries to his hands and other parts of his body.
The lawsuit alleges that neither the gun nor ammo met industry standards when they entered the market. Neither the Taurus Tracker nor Remington .41 Magnum ammunition have been subjected to recent lawsuits or recalls. This will make it much harder for the plaintiff to win his case. The judge has ordered him to show cause by March 15 or the case will be dismissed.
Both Taurus and Remington are seasoned defendants in personal injury suits. Taurus recently settled a class action suit regarding a defect in safety mechanisms for more than $30 million. The defect was noted in nine models of Taurus pistols. The company has not admitted liability despite the settlement agreement.
Those in the U.S. who own one of the nine Taurus models will have to submit a claim for payment. The price paid will fluctuate depending on the number of claims, so cash payouts could be as much as $200 per pistol or as little as $31. Claimants will also have the option of sending the pistol back to Taurus to repair the alleged defect.
Remington has been fighting dozens of cases over a defective trigger in the iconic Remington 700 rifle for decades. The trigger design has been blamed for numerous unintentional discharges. A Missouri federal judge approved a preliminary settlement agreement but an exact monetary figure has not been identified. The agreement also orders Remington to replace the trigger system in numerous models, which could result in the recall of nearly 7 million rifles.
Claimants are saying that Remington’s Walker Fire Control Trigger mechanism is a faulty design that allows rifles to fire on their own. The company has faced dozens of civil suits due to the design, many of the affected saying that their rifle fired without notice. Some of the civil suits related to an unintentional discharge resulting in injury or death have been settled by the company out of public view.