America’s oldest gun manufacturer, Remington, has issued a voluntary gun recall to consumers, offering to replace millions of triggers in its most popular product—the Model 700 rifle. The company has plagued for many years with claims the gun can fire without the trigger being pulled, often with fatal results.

Critics have accused Remington of covering up a design defect of the Model 700. Multiple injuries and gun fatalities have been reported, related to the weapon firing own it’s own. Initially, Remington denied that the weapon had any defect at all. Over the years, thousands of complaints have piled up, along with reports of numerous injuries and deaths.

Remington has issued a voluntary recall for the Model 700 on guns made between 2006 and 2014. According to the company; “Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge.” The company states that owners should stop using these firearms immediately.

In March of this year, a proposed nationwide settlement was preliminarily approved in a class action lawsuit involving certain Remington firearms. To find out details of the agreement, click here to see if a gun that you own is included.

It’s unknown how many people were injured or died due to these potentially defective guns. As these allegations have been around for years, the question remains; why did Remington take so long to issue a recall?

Obviously, guns are deadly weapons. Millions of responsible gun owners practice gun safety at all time. But a defective gun is a threat even to the most responsible gun owner. If Remington knew about the defect and didn’t act, that is fraud and potentially criminal.

Check to See If Your Model is Included in the Gun Recall

If you own a Remington rifle, we urge you to visit the Remington website to check on all current recalls issued by the company.