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Taurus 738 TCP and 732 TCP Pistols Slide Projectiles Class Action

Firearms are dangerous products, by their very nature. But sometimes, because of flaws in their materials or manufacture, they become even more dangerous, even when used as intended. The complaint for this class action alleges that Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. and Taurus Holdings, Inc. are responsible for certain defective Taurus pistols, in which the slides may break in half and form high-speed projectiles when the pistol is fired.

The class for this action is all persons in the US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or Guam who owns a Taurus-branded 738 TCP or 732 TCP. State, local, and federal governments, bodies, or agencies are excluded from the class.

The defect occurs, the complaint says, because of “a dangerous weakening and fracturing of the pistol components” that makes the guns unfit for their purpose. “Specifically,” the complaint says, “the Defect causes the slide of the Class Pistols to break in half at the ejection port when the Pistol is fired. When the slide of any Class Pistol breaks apart while being fired, the pieces of the slide become dangerous projectiles which are capable of striking the shooter or bystanders at incredible rates of speed and causing catastrophic injury or even death.”

According to the complaint, the maintenance and use of the pistols has no effect on the problem, and the defect is solely due to the design or manufacture of the pistols.

Plaintiff Rita Harman owns a Taurus Model PT 738 TCP pistol. On November 27, 2020, her husband was firing the pistol, when the slide broke in half, the complaint claims, “sending fragments of the slide into Mr. Harman’s eye and face. He suffered facial bone fractures and a detached retina requiring a cornea transplant. To date, it is still unclear if he will end up losing his sight in one eye.”

The complaint also cites a 2012 incident with a man in Colorado who was using his pistol at a firing range. According to the complaint, while he was firing, the slide broke in half, and the rear portion flew backwards to strike the man in the face, leaving him with “a lacerated upper lip, broken teeth, and a crushing injury to the bone in his upper jaw, requiring extensive reconstructive surgeries and months of recovery and therapy.”

The complaint contends that this is not the only time the defect has shown itself. It alleges that Taurus has had ample notice of the problem but has not notified the public or recalled the pistols to repair or replace them.

The counts include violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUPTA), negligence, strict liability, and breaches of warranties, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Taurus 738 TCP and 732 TCP Pistols Slide Projectiles Complaint

February 2, 2021

Firearms are dangerous products, by their very nature. But sometimes, because of flaws in their materials or manufacture, they become even more dangerous, even when used as intended. The complaint for this class action alleges that Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. and Taurus Holdings, Inc. are responsible for certain defective Taurus pistols, in which the slides may break in half and form high-speed projectiles when the pistol is fired.

Taurus 738 TCP and 732 TCP Pistols Slide Projectiles Complaint

Case Event History

Taurus 738 TCP and 732 TCP Pistols Slide Projectiles Complaint

February 2, 2021

Firearms are dangerous products, by their very nature. But sometimes, because of flaws in their materials or manufacture, they become even more dangerous, even when used as intended. The complaint for this class action alleges that Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. and Taurus Holdings, Inc. are responsible for certain defective Taurus pistols, in which the slides may break in half and form high-speed projectiles when the pistol is fired.

Taurus 738 TCP and 732 TCP Pistols Slide Projectiles Complaint
Tags: Defective Product, Firearms