If you own a Taurus semi-auto handgun, you may want to check the model number for several of them have been recalled for a safety defect. And a lawsuit settlement has been reached regarding them, with their Brazil-based company.
According to Grand View Outdoors, Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action suit alleging that some of the company’s most popular semi-auto handguns can discharge when dropped due to a defective safety, and can discharge even when engaged.
Christian Lowe of Grandview Outdoors writes that a suit filed on May 15 in U.S. District Court in Florida, where Taurus’s U.S. sales office is located, says the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun models who opt to send their pistols back. As such, owners who opt for this settlement will receive anywhere from $150-$200 for their pistols depending upon how many they chose to return.
Lowe reports that the agreement also extends the warranty for nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to return the pistols to have them inspected for safety defects. And this could mean as many as 100,000 handguns.
This lawsuit, writes Lowe, results from a class action filed by Chris Carter a Scott County, Iowa, deputy sheriff who alleges his Taurus PT-140Pro discharged when it dropped out of his holster during a foot pursuit. His suit says that the safety was engaged and a round fired from the gun with the case remaining in the chamber.
Other court documents say Taurus was forced to pay a $1.2 million judgment when an Alabama man shot himself after his PT-111 dropped to the floor and discharged in 2009. The documents also say that the Sao Paulo, Brazil Police recalled Taurus .40 caliber handguns after discovering the pistols could discharge with the safety engaged. The suit alleges that Taurus knew about the defects but neglected to recall and fix them.
The settlement agreement covers nine Taurus models including the PT-111 that coincidentally was named the number one selling handgun two months in a row for GunBroker.com, and has been on their Top 5 Best Seller list.
Other models include: PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-640 and PT-24/7, says Taurus.
The company’s Taurus G2 model pistols, however, are not in this settlement or recall.
The Millennium G2 PT-111 is a 22-ounce 9mm polymer pistol that was marketed as perfect for concealed carry and had an accessory rail for lights, lasers and high-profile sights for fast target acquisition. The MSRP on it was listed at $301.52.
CABELA’S FALL OUTDOOR DAYS SET
In preparation for the upcoming hunting season, Cabela’s is hosting their annual Waterfowl Classic and Dock Dogs competition.
Set aside the weekend of August 15 and 16 for this interesting event, especially if you’re a dog lover. The programs kick off at 8 a.m. on both days when Keystone Dock Dogs compete for over $2,500 in cash and prizes plus bragging rights as top dog. The event showcases the area’s best dogs in several competitions including Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. Watch as the dogs leap from a raised platform to fetch a rubber duck thrown into a long, three-foot deep pool. Their distance upon splashdown is measured and the longest leap wins.
Then at 10 a.m., both days, Cabela’s presents their Waterfowl University with Zink Calls and Avian-X Decoys. This is followed at 11a.m. with a Waterfowl Choke & Shot Selection seminar. At 12-noon, Laying out the Perfect Decoy Spread, again with Zink, and at 1 p.m., Timeless Goose Hunting Techniques presented by Sean Mann Outdoors.
At 1 p.m. both days, a Deer Butchering 101 seminar will take place outside on the lower walkway. The seminar will show how to save money by skinning and butchering your deer instead of taking it to a meat processor. The excellent seminar, that I attended last year, is given by expert butcher Rick Fetrow from Hunter Sharing the Harvest program.
For youngsters, Cabela’s will have their Daisy BB gun range set up so kids can experience the thrill of firing a BB gun in a safe learning environment.
For entering your dog in Dock Dogs, go to www.keystonedockdogs.com. And for more information on the outdoor days check www.cabelas.hamburg.com.