A product liability expert witness testified in the lawsuit Carol O’Neal filed against Remington Arms Co. regarding the death of her husband in a hunting accident. The complaint argues that a faulty trigger mechanism on her husband’s Remington Model M700 rifle misfired, resulting in his death. The product’s liability lawsuit also states that Remington knew about this problem with the Walker trigger at least as early as 1979. U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 14-2883 (Appeal from United States District Court for the District of South Dakota – Sioux Falls) states: Indeed, Remington itself acknowledged that at least 20,000 rifles it manufactured prior to 1975 were susceptible to inadvertent discharges when the safety lever was moved from the safe position to the fire position without the trigger being pulled.
The Remington Arms Company, LLC Product Safety Warning and Recall Notice
DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process.
Defective products cause thousands of injuries every year. When a person is injured by a defective product that is dangerous or unsafe, the injured person may have a cause of action against the manufacturer. In lawsuits such as these, product liability expert witnesses are called upon to evaluate design defects and mechanical failures. They are experienced in failure analysis, forensic engineering, and materials engineering. When a consumer product is alleged to be dangerous, the product liability expert witness provides an objective analysis of the facts and presents this report to the court.