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There are currently more than 70 lawsuits alleging that SIG Sauer’s P320 pistol model is defective. Victims claim that the weapon fires inadvertently during routine activities without a person prompting the trigger, and there are currently over 100 reported incidents of the gun firing unintentionally. Despite being a popular weapon choice amongst civilians and police forces, the gun has even been removed from certain law enforcement agencies due to safety concerns.
What is the SIG Sauer P320?
The SIG Sauer P320 is a modular, semi-automatic pistol. What makes this pistol unique from other similar designs is that it is essentially cocked at all times and does not include external safety features. Injury victims have argued that this predisposes the weapon for unintentional discharges. Most guns of similar design and caliber tend to include external safety systems such as manual thumb safeties that require a user to flip a safety switch back before the gun can detonate a bullet.
The gun’s primary internal safety feature is the “safety lock tab.” It is designed to block the gun’s striker from springing forward to detonate a round. However, this internal safety system can disengage with minimal trigger pressure, which some have argued is an inherent design flaw.
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What Responsibility Does SIG Sauer Have in Product Safety?
Firearm safety is handled differently than safety for other consumer products since firearms are exempt from federal consumer product safety regulations. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not have the authority to order a recall on defective guns due to statutes implemented in the 1970s. Thus, the oversight for firearm safety falls heavily on manufacturers.
In terms of the implementation of safety, SIG Sauer voluntarily meets a set of safety standards. Since SIG Sauer helps supply guns to law enforcement, the National Institute of Justice conducts testing for their pistols. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute is another organization that also surveils SIG Sauer’s weapons. While these two organizations provide surveillance, victims have pointed out that neither of the organizations require the inclusion of a specific safety mechanism in their standards and do not implement endurance testing.
While the safety measures SIG Sauer takes are to an extent voluntary, that does not exempt them from liability in the case that their product is found defective. If a person has been injured as a result of a SIG Sauer P320, they can still potentially recover compensation from SIG Sauer.
Furthermore, current lawsuits against the company point out that the slogan “Safety Without Compromise” is used to market the product. If the product is defective, this could be misleading for consumers and could imply liability for the company. SIG Sauer has also been known to note that “the P320 won’t fire unless you want it to” in their advertisements. This again could create liability for SIG Sauer as many victims are alleging that the gun discharges unintentionally.
Currently, there have been at least five cases brought against SIG Sauer that have already resulted in settlements.
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What to Do if You Have Been Injured
If you believe that you have been injured by a SIG Sauer P320 or have been involved in any gun accident, contact Zinda Law Group today to receive a free consultation.