Taurus Settles Defective Handgun Class-Action for $39 Million

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by Nathan S

In a case that almost made it through the cracks T opClassActions 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
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.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • W.P. Zeller W.P. Zeller on Jul 29, 2015

    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.

  • Troll Face Killa Troll Face Killa on Aug 10, 2015

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