As some of you may have already read, news stories exploded yesterday that Remington agreed to recall all 7.85 million Model 700 rifles ever made, due to trigger defects. We here at TFB consider fact-checking to be extremely important, and – while we have known of it since early yesterday – we wanted to get both sides of the story before we shared the news here. From Remington’s press release:
December 6, 2014
Yesterday afternoon, CNBC erroneously reported that Remington Arms was recalling 7.85 million rifles. This report was fundamentally inaccurate and, once again, CNBC did not comply with the most basic tenet of reporting – fact checking. Even a cursory review of the court filings would have revealed CNBC’s errors. That said, other news sources picked-up and repeated the misinformation about the proposed settlement. In response, the Plaintiffs’ counsel immediately took steps to correct CNBC’s inaccuracies by clarifying the terms of the proposed settlement in their own press release, which, in part, stated:
These settlements are not recalls.
These settlements are not any admission that the products are defective or unsafe.
This economic settlement provides an avenue for consumers, who have certain Remington rifles, to voluntarily have a new trigger installed. As noted by the Plaintiffs, the benefits provided by the settlement will not be in place until after court approval.
Remington is issuing this press release today because it is important that the terms of the proposed economic settlement be accurately described, as Remington does not want its customers to be confused or misled.
Further, and contrary to CNBC’s story, it is undisputed that the Remington Model 700 is the best-selling American-made, bolt-action rifle of all time. The Model 700 has also been and continues to be the tactical sniper rifle of choice for the U.S. armed forces and special operators and is widely used by state and federal law enforcement agencies.
There you have it. Remington is voluntarily offering to replace the triggers of their rifles; they have not identified any defects in their products, and are not recalling any Model 700 rifles.
Steve says: As soon as we heard about this alleged recall, we contacted Remington who assured us it as not true and so we held off posting about it until they were able to respond. Unlike many other media outlets, we won’t need to issue a retraction or apology.