Recalls are part of making consumer products, but when it comes to firearms, the stakes are a little higher than if the products were toasters. If a firearm malfunctions, it can have explosive effect on the shooter and on bystanders, or not have the desired effect on a bad guy whom the shooter has identified as a threat. So here are a few recent recalls I’ve located that I thought Gun Tests readers should know about:
Colt’s Important Safety Recall for Certain Modern Sporting Rifles. Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC (Colt) has recently discovered a potential safety issue with certain of its semi-automatic only Modern Sporting Rifles (“MSR”). Colt is voluntarily initiating a recall to protect the safety of its customers because of the potential for certain MSRs to discharge unintentionally. To prevent the possibility of death or serious personal injury, you should immediately stop using your MSR and not load or fire the rifle until you have determined if it is affected, and it has been upgraded. Under certain conditions, it is possible that some Colt MSRs may discharge a second round when the trigger is released with a live round in the chamber. Colt has identified the cause of this condition as being hammers installed in certain MSRs that do not meet Colt’s specifications. The issue will be corrected by replacing the hammer in affected MSRs.
The recall only covers the following MSRs manufactured beginning on March 5, 2021: AR15A4, CR6700A4, CR6920, CR6920-EPR, CR6920MPS-B, CR6921, CR6921-EPR, CR6933, CR6933-EPR, CR6960, LE6920-EPR, LE6920MPS-B, LE6920-OEM1, LE6920-OEM2, LE6920-R, LE6933-EPR, SP633784, and LE6920SOCOM. These MSRs could still be for sale at dealers today. The chart above lists all the serial numbers for those models that may potentially be subject to the recall.
FN 502 Safety Recall. FN has become aware of a potential safety issue with certain FN 502 Tactical pistols that were previously the subject of FN’s January 27, 2022 Safety Bulletin. The original concern involved a missing manual safety lock lever in a small number of FN 502 Tactical pistols that would allow the discharge of the pistol when the trigger is pulled with the manual safety in the SAFE position.
While investigating this issue with Umarex, the supplier of the FN 502 Tactical, we encountered a separate concern with proper installation of the manual safety lock lever. Consequently, if forced by multiple pulls of the trigger in succession, or if the pistol is jarred, an unintended firing may happen when the manual safety is in the SAFE position. Because the safety of our customers is our primary concern, FN is voluntarily issuing a recall to address this newly discovered issue involving the safety and advising all owners of the FN 502 Tactical to suspend use of their pistol and return the pistol to FN for repair or replacement in accordance with the recall instructions below.
FN 502 Tactical pistols with a serial number lower than LR010300 are subject to this recall. To prevent the possibility of death or serious personal injury, FN requests that you immediately stop using your FN 502 Tactical pistol with a serial number lower than LR010300. Please log in to the FN Service and Repairs Portal to setup your service account, adding your name, address, e-mail, telephone and serial number. FN Customer Service will review your case details and email your return shipping label shipping within the following 1-2 business days. Alternately, you can contact FN Customer Service by email at 502Recall@fnamerica.com. When emailing to request assistance in setting up your service case, please include: full name, shipping address, telephone number and your pistol serial number.
GForce Arms, Inc. Announces Safety Recall on Affected GF99DLX Shotgun. Important Safety Recall Notice For Gforce Arms GF991220-DLX Shotguns Manufactured Prior To March 15, 2022. GForce Arms received reports of a faulty safety switch manufactured by our supplier in a previous model of the GF991220-DLX. In those firearms, the safety switch has the potential to fail and move to the fire position when the trigger is pulled with an exorbitant amount of force multiple times.
The cause of this is due to the absence of the detent/dimple on the safety switch. The safety switch has not been found to have issues unless the trigger is pulled with an exorbitant amount of pressure multiple times. To ensure that all our Shotguns meet GForce Arms’ high standards for quality, we are implementing this Safety Recall of the GF991220-DLX manufactured prior to March 15, 2022, to ensure there are no surface anomalies or conditions that might adversely affect the safety, function, or performance of these Shotguns. To determine whether your Shotgun is affected, please contact GForce Arms at 1-833-343-6723.
For Dealers, Distributors, Retailers: If you have affected Shotguns in your inventory, please call 1-833-343-6723 and we will coordinate the return of the affected firearms. The Shotguns will be expedited to our facility, repaired, and returned to you ASAP. For those Shotguns which you have already sold, we ask that you provide us with the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails of customers to whom you have sold them. Please send this information to us electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have the capability to return the form electronically, please call 1-833-343-6723. This information is vital to ensure that notice of the recall is given to all affected purchasers. Once we receive this information from you, we will immediately arrange to provide notice of the recall directly to your customers.
For further information, contact GForce Arms, Inc., 1-833-343-6723, email@example.com, www.gforcearms.com.
KelTec Sub-2000 Safety Recall Notice. We have recently identified an issue with the heat treatment of certain steel tubes received from a third-party supplier from which the barrels for a limited number of KelTec SUB-2000 rifles were manufactured. This could potentially cause the barrel to rupture when a cartridge is fired and could result in serious personal injury. The safety of our customers is our primary concern, so KelTec has voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a barrel rupturing. This recall only affects a portion of SUB-2000s that were manufactured in 2017. To check if your firearm would need to be sent in for barrel replacement, enter your serial number on the KelTec website. Refer to the image above to help locate your serial number.
All costs associated with the recall of your firearm shall be covered by KelTec.