Taurus Settles Defective Handgun Class-Action for $39 Million

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In a case that almost made it through the cracks TopClassActions reports that Taurus agreed in May of this year to settle a class-action lawsuit brought over nine handgun models, including six of the PT Millennium models. In response to common practice, Taurus legally does not admit to wrong-doing, but has agreed to pay $30 million to the Class members and agreed to “enhanced lifetime wwarranty and training for the firearms.”

According to Grand View Outdoors:

“The settlement agreement covers nine Taurus models, including the PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640 and PT-24/7″

The suit was brought on by plaintiff Chris Carter, a deputy sherriff in Iowa. As part of the settlement, Taurus will further pay $9 million in attorney’s fees.

Carter alleged in his class action lawsuit that the Taurus pistols in question “contain a drop-fire defect that may cause the pistols to fire when dropped from a normal height, and a false safety defect which allows the pistols to unintentionally fire even when the manual safety lever in in the ‘on’ or ‘safe’ position and the trigger moves rearward.”

Carter is a deputy for the Scott County, Iowa, sheriff’s department. He filed the class action lawsuit after his own Taurus gun fired while he was working one day as a narcotics agent and he dropped his gun on the ground in the middle of a pursuit. When the gun fell, it fired even though the safety was on. However, no one was shot, only a car was hit.

According to the class action lawsuit, Taurus was aware of the defects in their guns since 2007. In addition, the class action lawsuit also cited lawsuits that Taurus settled over injuries that allegedly occurred from unintended discharges. Also, the Sao Paulo State Military Police in Brazil reportedly recalled 98,000 Taurus firearms in 2013 because the alleged trigger problems.

The Taurus class action lawsuit charged the Brazilian gun maker with suppression, failure to warn, violating the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and state consumer protection laws.

For the full story, see TopClassActions here. 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Taurus legally does not admit to wrong-doing, but has agreed to pay $30 million…”
    Riiiiight.
    They just gave up the 30 mil because they’re nice guys.

    • Budogunner

      It just means they aren’t subject to liability or criminal charges. Lawyer CYA stuff. They are paying to make this just go away.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah, I know just being sarcastic.
        For once I’d like to hear a big company (BP, Exxon, Toyota, Ford) say “Hey, we f-cked up and heres your money. Sorry.”

        • Sulaco

          Apparently just cheeper to pay out on claims then fix the product. Car companies do that a lot.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah I know the drill. Steal $600 and go to jail steal $600 million and you’re too big to fail.

          • Kivaari

            See the recent 500,000 Ram truck recall – REPLACEMENT story.

        • Grindstone50k

          At least Magpul fully admitted their mistake with those Glock mags and worked to fix it.

    • Kivaari

      And add on the $9 million attorney fees.

  • Joe Dirt

    So where are all the Taurus fanboys now? When will people stop buying junk guns. Save and spend the money to buy a QUALITY firearms. If you shop on price as the major deciding factor, you WILL be stung.

    • SCW

      Just buy a Remington 700..oh wait…

      • Swarf

        Ha ha very funny.

        Clearly you should buy a Marlin.

        • imachinegunstuff

          Luckily they haven’t screwed H&R…….. yet

          • Kivaari

            They have. I bought three of the .357 magnums, the first wasn’t rifled, the second had a broken off front sight and hand guard screw striped and all three had firing pins that were three times too long so every strike had pierced primers. I gave up even trying to buy them.

      • Joe Dirt

        Who said anything about buying a Remington 700 which is a BOLT ACTION RIFLE??

        • BillC

          You don’t get it and are not smart.

          • Grindstone50k

            It’s Joe Dirte.

          • Joe Dirt

            You’re assuming that Remington makes “quality” firearms….lol.

        • Kivaari

          It was about the TV special and lawsuits against Remington. The father of the victim was wearing a “One azz to risk” uniform patch.. Many snipers play with the triggers. His wife was clearing the rifle, while pointing low, unknown to her, her son was on the other side of the trailer. He was killed, and they sued Remington. It is true that a 5 cent fix was known in the late ’40s, that Remington ignored, even though the designer of the trigger wanted the feature. A $0.05 part in 1949 dollars was not worth the cost in the end. I’ve seen many people removed the seal on Remington M700-type rifles so they could lighten them – often dangerously.

        • DIR911911 .

          google is your friend

      • Kivaari

        Part of that story went untold. The father of the dead child. was wearing a SWAT patch on his coat. Like many SWAT-types, they play with the triggers. I’ve seen examples of “tuned” triggers, that fire with a bump.

    • Barry

      I think everyone knows what they are getting when they decide to buy a Taurus–a budget gun with hit or miss quality. If you get a good one, you lucked out.
      I had 3 Braztech/Taurus products before I got a good one. And I’ll be honest; you can’t compare them to glocks, smiths, springfields, berettas or rugers. Only a fool would think his Taurus is on an even playing field with those brands. There’s a reason no law enforcement or military would even consider them as a standard weapon except their home country of Brazil.

      • Cymond

        I have moral qualms with the idea of passing off a poor-quality firearm to an unsuspecting buyer, and admitting that it’s a piece of junk means that I can’t sell it for a reasonable price.

        In the end, I’d rather buy an affordable but decent gun like a Ruger than take a risk on a Taurus. I’d buy a $300 S&W Sigma before a Taurus.

      • john huscio

        Brazilian police and army are switching to CZs (p07) now

      • Grindstone50k

        No. I had a friend whose first gun is a Taurus. He isn’t a gun guy and has only shot it a few times. A few months ago a pitbull got into their house and growled at his wife. She grabbed the gun and shot at the dog. Missed, but the dog ran off. Point is, the gun shot when they needed it to. They don’t care two sh!ts about our brand fan-boy arguments. Some people just need a gun, period.

        • Joe Dirt

          So it worked that one time…congratulations. Will it work the next time? How many haven’t worked when they need to? You’re sample of ONE means nothing. Here’s the basic test, if you were offered a Taurus, a Glock or a SIG 226 (or whatever other pistol you want) and it would be FREE, which would you pick? THIS is the what people like you don’t get. Pick the BEST item you can and then work on getting it for the best price. If you can afford a Taurus, you can afford a used Glock. I’d take a used G17 over anything Taurus makes any day of the week and twice on Sundays. And if a used G17 is out of your price range, you need to make some better life choices.

          • Kivaari

            Excellent comments. After retiring I bought a Glock 17 and 19. Because I watched my department go through a stack of pistols, ending with G17 and G19s. The most reliable pistols I had every seen.

          • Grindstone50k

            And here’s what YOU don’t get; in the REAL world, NONE of these guns are free. I don’t know where you live that you can find a used Glock for $250, but congrats on your mythical luck.
            The Taurus works fine, is affordable, and does what they need it to do. They’re not gun people. They’re not out at the range every weekend. Would my friend like to get a “better” gun eventually? Sure. But for RIGHT NOW, the Taurus is fine FOR THEIR PURPOSES. Get it yet?

        • nobody

          And if the pitbull jumped on her before she could fire and she dropped the gun causing it to fire and hit her?

          • Grindstone50k

            Nice false dilemma. More suiting to Mothers Demand Action than for TFB.

          • nobody

            People have been injured in the past when their gun that wasn’t drop safe fired. Do you really want to take that chance when there are other similarly priced guns that won’t potentially injure you if you drop them?

          • Grindstone50k

            Did you even read the article?

            I’ll quote it for you: “The settlement agreement covers nine Taurus models, including the PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640 and PT-24/7″

            I never said my friend had any of these pistols.

          • nobody

            A company that does this should never be given the benefit of the doubt that something isn’t majorly wrong with their other products. I won’t trust Remington either after what they did with the Remington 700 trigger problem and clusterf*** that was the R51.

          • Grindstone50k

            Good thing Glock doesn’t have any reputations for any problems whatsoever, right?

          • nobody

            What problems to Glocks have that make them a danger to the user and that the company has ignored?

          • Grindstone50k

            Nice tactic, trying to qualify your question to a specific answer, avoiding the well-known issues that plagued Glock with it’s recent versions.

          • nobody

            >trying to qualify your question to a specific answer

            Yes, a comparable answer to the reason why I won’t trust Remington and Taurus, where both companies ignored problems that could result in injury to the user of their product.

          • Kivaari

            Check out the youtube videos of the Taurus pistols being shaken by cops and going off. Taurs has issues. Buy Glocks.

          • Grindstone50k

            Read the article again:

            ““The settlement agreement covers nine Taurus models, including the PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640 and PT-24/7”

    • Vhyrus

      You’re right, I am a fool for not selling my car so I can carry a Wilson Combat. I have to go throw out my Sig 2022 since I only paid $400 for it.

      • imachinegunstuff

        The real question I have to ask is given the choice would you take a Taurus or a polymer SIG?

        • Vhyrus

          Considering I own two polymer sigs and zero taurus pistols, I believe you have your answer.

          • Joe Dirt

            So then rather than using pricing as a major factor (Taurus are generally less expensive than SIGs, right?), you bought based on known quality. Just on the lower end of their offerings (at least with the SP2022)…proving my point…

        • SIG obviously. I have a SIG 2022 I don’t own a Taurus right now.

          • Kivaari

            I used several Taurus revolvers in .38 and .22 Mag. I would tune them and they were OK. I looked at many Taurus auto loaders and was instantly turned off. I owned gun stores and helped at others. Taurus auto loaders were pure trouble. Simple things like the quality of plastic used in the grips, that held critical parts in place, that were already warped out of place, on new guns. Crude and cheap guns are a real turn off for those clients that are professional gun users. And many of my customers were professionals.

      • Cal S.

        Real men don’t pay less than $2000 for any gun.

        • Kivaari

          A $500 Glock works. In IDPA matches the most likely gun to fail are Kimber .45s and Kahr jamomatics.

          • Huh never had a problem with a Kahr—-

          • Kivaari

            I saw lots of Kahrs with issues. The same dealer that shuns Taurus finally gave up on buying and selling Kahrs as well. When I had my store they were just getting into the market. I’ve seen many with the little slide stop springs bent. The owners did not follow directions well. A Glock armorers course really takes less then an hour. I like Glocks.

          • Cal S.

            I have no doubt about that, I do like having some sport about prices.

          • DIR911911 .

            me thinks your sarcasm went undetected 🙂

          • Marcus D.

            Hmm. My Kahr has never jammed. But then it’s only been 600 rounds or so (I don’t keep track), so maybe I don’t have a large enough sample. My Kimber, however….It was pretty awful until I bought some Wolff springs.

          • Joe Dirt

            Uh Kimbers are not “quality” guns.

        • Kivaari

          Real men buy what they want. Some even eat whatever they like.

      • Joe Dirt

        jeez…no one said you had to buy a high end 1911. No one called your SP2022 a POS. Stop being so hyperbolic.

    • Bob

      Hi-point all the way!

      • mosinman

        i still haven’t gotten rid of my Hi point…

        • Dan

          Used my hi point as a hammer. Unloaded of course…..i think

          • Kivaari

            The ,45s make OK anchors for small boats. Two of them would work for the Queen Mary.

          • Ethan

            Its alright, it wouldn’t have fired anyways…

          • mosinman

            it’s a handy paperweight that goes bang

    • Kivaari

      Buy a Glock.

      • Core

        And when your balls drop sell your Glock and buy a 1911!

        • imachinegunstuff

          and when you decide you don’t want to get killed carrying an antique buy another Glock

        • Kivaari

          NO, I simply feel the 1911 is just too big and too heavy to pack around. My department issued 1911s and the guns had very poor performance, and they are heavy.
          Take a typical duty belt. You have the belt, holster gun, mag pouch so you have 3 loaded magazines, OC canister w/ pouch. ASP baton w/carrier, Two sets of handcuffs w/cases, radio w/carrier.. phone w/carrier. Having a 23 ounces pistol with 50 rounds of ammo (I only carried 45 rounds). That V. a 39 ounce 1911 and 21 rounds that isn’t ambidextrous unless you spend big dollars it’s a not a win for the 1911.
          I know my Glock 17 was more reliable than any of my 15 M1911s.

        • Joe Dirt

          As much as I love my 1911s, if I was going to have to run out the door with one handgun, it’d most likely be a HK VP9 or a Glock 17 and NOT any of my 1911’s.

        • Kivaari

          I had to add that I had 1911s when I was an early teen. Then in the Navy and Army. I had 15 or more of them. I would take a Glock 17 over any 1911 made.

    • patrickiv

      Taurus fanboy here. The only thing wrong with the PT-111 Millennium is that it has a manual safety. No safety mechanism on any gun can be trusted 100%. Maintain control of your weapon and you won’t get stung.

      • Kivaari

        Beretta and Taurus clones have positive firing pin locks.. But, so should the models under discussion here. Taurus must have ha da real good reason to fire the popular CEO last year. If he allowed them to sell hundreds of thousands pistols with a significant faulty system.

        • DIR911911 .

          have ha da . . . that’s one way of doing it, made me giggle

          • Kivaari

            Edited for you. “had a”.

      • Joe Dirt

        Right, because in a perfect world, you can ALWAYS maintain control of your weapon…sorry, a gun that can’t pass a simple drop test is NOT something I’d want to trust. Taurus doesn’t make quality guns. Just deal with the fact that you made either 1) A bad choice or 2) a naive choice. Learn from it and move on.

  • USMC03Vet

    Since 2007? 9 models? That’s pretty scummy, Taurus.

    Buy cheap, get cheap. They intentionally took their chances with defective products and it worked for several years until they got caught.

  • Vitsaus

    Cue the guys posting about how they had X model of Taurus and put 10 million rounds through it with out a problem, but their buddy’s HK blew up and shrapnel from it killed his dog that was 10 miles away.

    • Cal S.

      Hey! That happened to you too?

  • Drake

    Thanks for breaking story Nathan.

  • imachinegunstuff

    Actually I’m gonna give credit to the NARC. Think about if you are undercover wouldn’t you want to carry a non cop gun, and no self-respecting American police officer would carry a Taurus. The perfect cover
    I’m not an elitist, and have owned several Taurus pistols, and each of them has required warranty work, and they aren’t trust my life to guns.

    • Kivaari

      You would be surprised, even the crooks use better guns. In the hood maybe the pot metal guns are used, but most prefer top tier guns.

  • Kivaari

    A friend owns a gun store in North Idaho. He wont buy or trade for Taurus auto loaders. Seeing the Brazilian police shaking their service pistols, and the guns fire. JUNK, at any price, is still junk.

  • Cal S.

    I’m by no means a firearm elitist, but there’s no way I’d buy a Taurus as my EDC. I have considered them for other applications, but probably not anymore…

    • Ethan

      A lot of people think spending $500 on a pistol is outrageously high… sadly money talks, and people are willing to take a LOT of risks to save $100 hoping that “I’ll get a good one”.

      I’ve been there. Back then I used to sneer at the guys who said “You get what you pay for”. I bought a Taurus, I bought a Bersa, I bought (cringe) a Hi-Point, and some Polish surplus pistols… all failed miserably. Then I saved up and bought a Glock – my first “Big Boy” firearm, and never looked back.

      Its been almost a decade since then, but I still remember a time when I just could not comprehend what that extra $100-$150 was buying me.

  • elliott9000

    As an owner of a PT-111 from a misguided time long ago, can someone explain my options?

  • john huscio

    …and supposedly they send us their “good stuff”……… I’d hate to be one of their Brazilian customers…..

  • Drake

    I guess we all now why most those handguns are no longer made buy Taurus they where replace firearms there making today.

  • Nick

    I’ve never had any problems with my 24/7. That said, it’s a first gen Pro DS titanium (a premium model not made anymore). Got a great deal on it and carried it for years before moving over to a 5.7. It was lightweight and reliable. I loved that it had a de cocker, a rarity for striker fired pistols, and if the first strike didn’t pop the primer, you could pull again for another try.

  • All of their defective models have been replaced with Gen 2. The PT111 G2 is the #1 selling compact gun in America for the second year running. So, if there were any problems with the g2, I have yet to see one.

    BTW, Glocks suck. Even LEO’s finally admit how much they hate getting their hands sliced up by the low-riding razor-blade slide and total lack of a backstrap/beaver-tail protection from slide bite.

    • Joe Dirt

      You’re a doctor and you’re buying Tauruses? That aside, what you posted is a load of bull (about the glocks). I know a *LOT* of LEO’s (local, state and federal) that shoot Glock and they love them. If you’re getting cut by the slide or getting “slide bite”, they’re doing it COMPLETELY wrong. I shoot my glocks with my thumb ON THE SLIDE and I’ve NEVER been cut. I’ve never even heard of such a thing until now. Also, there is NOT a “total lack” of a backstrap/beavertail. Have you ever heard of a Gen4? I have a Gen4 and I don’t run a beavertail because that’s a non-existent problem unless you’re holding the gun wrong or possibly, if Yyou have some extremely fat hands.

      • Kivaari

        Same here. O never saw a Glock draw blood in over 20 years of use.

    • Kivaari

      I have never seen a Glock draw blood. In over 20 years of use, I never saw any Glock do that. Even when one gun had a double charge it cracked the frame and dropped the magazine, it finished the qualification session. The cracked $75 frame was found during cleaning. IT probably just been super glued to repair it. Our guys shot around 350 rounds per month and the Glock 17 and 19s just kept on working.

      • I guess you’ll have to come watch me shoot a Glock 23. I have very large hands. Your mileage may vary.

        • Kivaari

          I never saw it when we qualified. I never saw it while at large training events. I had 22,000 rounds through my G17 when I stopped bothering to keep track. The only time I saw a scuff mark on a hand was when a double charge cracked a grip. We kept on shooting and discovered the cracked frame while cleaning the gun.
          I watched out guy and gals shooting around 350 rounds per month, and we never needed a first aid kit.
          I did break out first aid gear during a competition, when a diabetic shooter ran low on sugar and water. Two tubes of first aid sugar and a bottle of water brought him back around.

  • With so many inexpensive offerings from companies that can effectively implement quality control, why bother with Taurus?

    • DIR911911 .

      because taurus is the best of those companies

      • No, it’s not. A new Smith and Wesson SD9 VE can be procured from Bud’s for $320. It also has the added bonus of not having a hidden Nambu trigger (ie, it doesn’t fire when you press on the side of the pistol). A new Ruger LCP can be had there for just under $300. Quality exists at the lower end of the price spectrum. But, get this! It comes from reputable brands with good quality control. Something you might want to research.

  • W.P. Zeller

    I bought a first-gen DAO PT145, which is one of the models included, used, for about $200 some years back. I was curious to see if the ergos were as good as the reviews of the time indicated. I didn’t really have any intention of it being a serious social gun.
    Short version: The ergos and handling were as good as said. Fabulous little .45 to shoot, even nicer than the equivalent Glock. The DA trigger was heavy and crunchy; I might have touched a couple of parts a little while cleaning. It’s tolerable now.
    Inside of five yards, I can hit well and fairly quickly with it, making it a suitable carry gun (qualification to follow). Since I already carry a Commander, any DAO or striker-fired is going to seem slow and clunky as far as speed and trigger goes anyway. But the small form factor, along with the manual safety, which I much prefer as a means of keeping it somewhat locked to unauthorized use (having it taken away in a fight), made it desirable in the abstract.
    However, and here it comes, it was afflicted with mag-dropping, a terminating flaw. I sent it back twice, both times for frame cracking as well as mag dropping. Finally I just did some more “maintenance” myself and put up with it. But for self-defense, ain’t happening. One mag drop is about all I can stand, and it does it about once per ten mags shot.
    Still, an improved model would be good, if it ever happened. The size of the G19, with a seriously nice grip and well-controlled recoil, and you get eleven .45″ bullets to work with, too.
    Coulda been a contender.

  • Kivaari

    It’s not ready if it’s not chambered.

  • Drake

    Glocks have issue to I bought used police trade in Glock 17 second generation at local gun shop. Thought great deal until slide stop on frame stop working lock slide back on last round or any empty magazines I used with gun. I went replace slide stop when fun start seem do fact my early second generation Glock 17 used 3 roll pin set up on frame. All newer Glocks 17 used four roll pins in frame newer Glock 17 slide stop would work in older Glock 17 used older 3 pin set up where not enter change able Glock 17 used 3 roll pin handguns. Buy way have older version Glock 17 3 roll pin set up forget getting help from Glock not gone give you any in fact they told me should bought new one when asked them If I could buy part from them they told they knew know stock older Glock 17 parts. So sold that that used police trade in Glock 17 back to dealer at loss cost four high cap magazines to I bought brand new Taurus pt92ss been shooting hell that handgun two years now with out any issue.

  • Cal S.

    Good night. I stand corrected.

  • Cymond

    Rugers are like Swiss watches compared to the likes of Cobra, Jennings, Phoenix, etc.
    I was given a Cobra derringer. The trigger pull was a bazillion pounds until I trimmed the mainspring. The safety was so stiff that I had to smack it with a hammer to get it on or off. I was going to modify the safety but mangled the frame trying to get the safety out. Now the only ‘safety’ is putting the hammer on half-cock.

    The point is that I don’t feel right selling a dangerous piece of junk, so it just sits in a drawer. Likewise, I wouldn’t sell an unreliable pistol. I’d feel like I’d ripped off someone unless I was upfront about the problems. As they say “buy once, cry once”.

  • Troll Face Killa

    I knew stippling the hell out of that pt111 was a good idea.