FN America Recalls Recent SCAR17S

According to a Recall Notice issued August 10th, FN America is recalling 471 SCAR17s. The recall notice can be seen here. According to the notice, some of the rifles may have bolts that do not meet their hardness specifications.

FN America, LLC
P.O. Box 9424
McLean, VA 22102
Tel(703) 288 – 3500
Fax (703) 288 – 4507
A member of the Herstal Group
DATE: Aug. 10, 2016
TO: FN America Distributors
FROM:Vice President of Sales and Marketing
RE: FN Product Safety Notification and Mandatory Recall of 471 FNSCAR® 17S Rifles
FN America, LLC is recalling 471 of its FN SCAR® 17S rifles due to the possibility that certain products may have been assembled with a bolt that does not meet our hardness specifications. Firing may cause catastrophic failure of the rifle over a period of time. FN America shipped these SCARs July 28 and 29, 2016, and is hoping to contain the issue at the distributor level. In the event any of the affected SCARs have been sold to customers, FN America will reach out to those customers and warn them not to use their FN SCAR® 17S if it is one of the serial numbers being recalled. Failure to follow these instructions could cause injury or death. Our records indicate that your distributor operation has received one or more of the recalled products.
Although no injuries have been reported as a result of this potential issue, FN America is advising customers to discontinue use of these rifles immediately and return affected products to FN America directly for inspection and possible retrofit with compatible bolts at no cost. FN America also advises all FN distributors to immediately return all recalled products currently in inventory to FN America and provide contact information for dealers that purchased affected product.

The product recall covers:

  • Product: FN SCAR 17S
  • Model: FN SCAR 17S FDE
  • Color: Flat Dark Earth
  • Product # 98541 (Commercial; 20-rd); 98641 (Commercial; 10-rd); 98552 (LE; 20-rd)
  • Product Serial Numbers: HC52427 through HC52926
  • Location of Manufacturer: Herstal, Belgium

For more information, contact FN’s customer service at: 1-855-536-4872, x.145 or fnscar17srecall@fnamerica.com

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  • A Fascist Corgi

    I bet that these recalled bolts would still outlast an AR-15 bolt. According to Battlefield Vegas, they have FN SCARs that have over 200,000 rounds shot through them without a single major part breakage. In comparison, LMT and Daniel Defense bolts only last about 20,000 rounds.

    FN SCAR > AR-15.

    • Blake

      …you are completely missing the point. Who gives a crap which lasts longer when if the AR bolt breaks the gun just goes down and when the SCAR bolt breaks it “may cause catastrophic failure of the rifle”? Seriously.

    • Kivaari

      But we all know the AR bolt should be replaced on a faster rotation and it doesn’t cost a great deal. If the rotation rate is 10000 round IIRC than most of us will never get there.

    • Orion Quach

      So $70 every 20K rounds….not seeing the problem when I just spent $7K on ammo.

    • CruisingTroll


      Don’t be an idiot. Whatever the relative merits of SCAR vs AR bolts, the fact that they found the problem with THESE bolts within 3 WEEKS of them going out the door to their DISTRIBUTORS almost certainly means that they’ve had failures.

      Within 3 WEEKS of hitting the market. Who in the heck is going to have the time and funds to put 20k rounds through a not-new-to-the-market SCAR in 3 weeks?

      Second, it’s the SCAR 17. Which is a 7.62, so comparing it to an AR-15 is an idiot’s comparison.

      So don’t make THAT comparison, else folks will think you’re an idiot.

  • hayabusa

    new gun= bad gun

    • James Young


  • Kurt Akemann

    Good on FN for being proactive and showing how to protect your reputation and limit liability the RIGHT way.

  • Stan Darsh

    Remind me again, why does FN make the 17S model in Europe as opposed to the same assembly line as the Mk17 in South Carolina?

  • i1776

    I had one of these. Mine had a chip in the metal brand new in the box. Went through hell trying to get the bolt and carrier replaced.