Gun Manufacturer Taurus Agrees to Voluntary Recall after Lawsuit

Gun Manufacturer Taurus Agrees to Voluntary Recall after Lawsuit
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July 31, 2015

Firearms manufacturer Taurus has agreed to recall almost 1 million of its firearms, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit.

The suit, brought by multiple plaintiffs, alleges that nine handgun models had defects, including one that could result in inadvertent fire when dropped, even if the safety was engaged.

"This is not an anti-firearms lawsuit. This is a defective product lawsuit," attorney Todd Wheeles told al.com. "This hopefully will help save lives by taking defective firearms off the street."

The affected handgun models include the PT-111 Millennium, PT-132 Millennium, PT-138-Millennium, PT-140 Millennium, PT-145 Millennium, PT-745 Millennium, PT-609, PT-640, and the PT-24/7. These products were sold between 1997 and 2013. Though the firm is agreeing to the recall, Taurus denies any design defects in the listed models.

The settlement essentially stipulates three concessions Taurus must make for customers:

  • Provide an enhanced warranty to any owner to submit the handgun for inspection and repair. If defects can't be prepared, the firm will replace the firearm.
  • Produce on-line safety training videos.
  • Allow customers to return the firearms for cash payments.

Additionally, a federal judge in Miami approved a $30 million cap in total cash payments for Taurus.

The lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit is Chris Carter, a law enforcement officer from Iowa. Carter claims that, while in pursuit of a suspect, his firearm fell from his holster and discharged a bullet despite the safety being on.