BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal judge in Miami has set a July 18 deadline to raise awareness and notify hundreds of thousands of gun owners who may be affected by a deadly safety defect that is the subject of a $240 million class action settlement involving Brazil-based gun manufacturer Taurus International. There are nearly 1 million affected pistols in American homes today that could have a deadly defect in their safety mechanisms that renders the guns susceptive to "drop fire" incidents (see video of "drop fire" defect here). These guns are the subject of a class-action settlement before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
There is no list or registry of the owners of these defective pistols, so the gun-owning public is being alerted to compare their weapons to those listed on the settlement website – www.TaurusCarterSettlement.com. The terms of the settlement provide eligible owners with a number of significant benefits, including the option to exchange their defective pistols with brand new G2 models or receive a cash payment.
The plaintiff is Sheriff's Deputy Chris Carter of Scott County, Iowa. Deputy Carter's Taurus pistol discharged accidentally while he was apprehending a suspect, despite the fact that the manual safety was engaged.
"Responsible gun owners desire security and protection for their lives and property. A defective handgun is the last thing anyone wants in the home," Selby and Wheeles said. "Taurus is doing the right thing by offering to replace these weapons or buy them back, and owners should take advantage of these benefits in order to get these dangerous guns out of their homes."
Firearm owners should immediately visit www.TaurusCarterSettlement.com to see if they own potentially defective weapons and, if so, review their options.
SOURCE Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson; Bailey & Glasser LLP