On September 15, Sig Sauer arms maker announced that some Sig 716 DMR, 516 Carbon Fiber and M400 Predators with two-stage triggers may have an incorrectly heat-treated hammer. “Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard,” a release from the company said. The statement was to notify the mandatory recall on certain models to replace the hammer and trigger assembly, reports Guns.com
The New Hampshire-based arms manufacturer notes that potentially affected models will have a “SIG” mark etched into the hammer and has a serial number look-up tool online with instructions to follow, to determine if a particular model is subject to the recall. Sig Sauer will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer. according to ammoland.com.
This recall does not affect any law enforcement or military rifles or any SIG, MCX, or MPX products.
Sig Sauer Inc. makes a variety of products to “meet any mission parameter,” including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, and ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns.
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Previous Sig Sauer Problem
In August 2017, a Connecticut police officer filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Sig Sauer for injuries he sustained when his department-issued P320 – a version of U.S. Army’s new service pistol – accidentally discharged when he dropped it and wounded him in the leg. Shortly after the incident, Sig Sauer issued a statement that it offered a voluntary upgrade to address unintentional discharges. The gun manufacturer said, the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) is not affected by the upgrade, reports Business Insider.
“As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers.”
Multiple Surgeries due to Accidental Shot Fired
The upgrade announcement came days after the officer filed the August 4 complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The officer had been loading equipment into the back of his car in January when he dropped his holstered P320. The gun accidentally fired when it hit the pavement. The 9mm bullet struck him under his left knee, and lodged to the side “with the round protruding from his leg,” according to the firearmsblog.com.
The officer is a 34-year-old member of the Stamford, Connecticut Police Department Special Response Team. He had to undergo multiple surgeries but is back on light duty. The lawsuit may require Sig Sauer to pay the officer more than $3 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
The fact that the gun went off unintentionally when the trigger had not been pulled, is very serious and the amount in damages sought reflects that.
The three counts include violation of the Connecticut Product Liability Act; violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act; and a Connecticut common law tort, which is negligent infliction of emotional distress. The officer is also demanding Sig Sauer recall the pistol or include a warning that the gun is not drop safe when a round, or bullet, is in the chamber, Business Insider reports.
Sig Sauer Responds
Sig Sauer claims in its statement that the P320 meets “U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute Inc. (SAAMI); National Institute of Justice (NIJ); as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.”
The gun manufacturer, however, concedes, that “recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge,” the statement said. The Stamford Police Department said it has shelved all P320s it issued to its officers because of the incident.
In July, the leadership at Glock Inc. stated publicly that the Army’s decision to choose Sig Sauer to make its new MHS was driven by cost savings, not performance.
The Government Accountability Office denied Glock’s protest of the Army’s MHS decision, which Glock officials maintain was the result of “incomplete testing” and Sig Sauer’s $102 million lower bid.
The officer’s case may be settled out of court, but there is a possibility it could go to a jury trial. It was noted that the accidental discharge from the gun could have killed the officer, or shot a bystander, so the incident was taken very seriously, according to Business Insider.
Legal Information Concerning Potential Lawsuits
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