Is the Sig Sauer P320 Defective?

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Three law enforcement officers have reportedly suffered gunshot wounds after using Sig Sauer P320 handguns. The officers were injured after dropping or rattling the weapons. In the past several months, national media outlets have reported on a defect found in these firearms. Sig Sauer has been heavily criticized for its lackluster response to handling the defect.

In December of 2016, an agreement was signed for Sig Sauer to supply the Army with certain versions of the P320. As Sig Sauer sealed this deal, officials apparently discovered a defect – the gun could discharge if dropped at a certain angle. According to CNN, more than 500,000 P320 pistols were sold before the issue was publicly acknowledged. The defect was corrected for military versions of the gun. However, the defect remained in versions sold to consumers and police departments. Although the company has begun shipping newer versions of the firearm, older pistols remain on the market.

Last August, the company announced a “voluntary upgrade” program for the P320 pistol. However, there were some problems with this program. Most importantly, it was presented to the public as a chance to enhance the pistol, and not to fix the safety defect.

In June, a sheriff’s deputy filed a lawsuit alleging that the gun fired without warning while being removed from the holster. She was struck by a bullet that shattered her femur. Sig Sauer has challenged lawsuits that were filed over the defect.

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