Thompson/Center announced a total recall of the Compass line of bolt action rifles. The rifles, according to the company, may fire when a round is chambered and the rifle is dropped when the safety is in the fire position.
According to the press release:
We have determined that there may be some instances, depending on the height and position of the rifle and other factors, where a chambered round may fire if the firearm is dropped with the safety in the fire position.
It sounds like the drop has to be of a particular height and/or at a specific angle for the round to discharge. Nonetheless, it is a significant hazard that the company has identified.
The company is advising all owners to discontinue use of the rifles and to return the rifles for a repair. According to Thompson/Center:
STOP USING YOUR RIFLE AND RETURN IT TO THOMPSON/CENTER AT ONCE.
If you are a Compass owner, you should contact the company by calling them at 855-512-5935. Additionally, the company set up a website with additional information. Click here to go to that site.
Previously, Thompson/Center issued a recall in 2013 for the Icon, Venture and Dimension rifles. Those rifles experienced a problem where the safety was sometimes disengaged when closing the bolt.