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This popped up in my inbox today.

WARNING

SOME ROSSI REVOLVERS MAY FIRE WHEN DROPPED


Owners of .38 Special and .357 Magnum Rossi revolvers can receive benefits from a settlement of a class action.

The Settlement offers an Enhanced Warranty, inspections, repairs, and payments to eligible claimants

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that certain Rossi brand revolvers are defective in that they could unintentionally fire when dropped. The Defendants, Forjas Taurus, S.A., and Braztech International, L.C. (doing business under the brand “Rossi”) issued a warning about these safety concerns in September 2018. Rossi, however, denies all allegations of wrongdoing and liability alleged in the lawsuit, and the Court has not decided who is right. The Parties have agreed to settle.

Who is included? The Settlement Class includes: all individuals in the United States, including its territories and possessions, who owned one or more Class Revolver(s) on March 15, 2019. “Class Revolvers” means Rossi brand .38 Special and .357 Revolver models R35102, R35202, R85104, R97206, R97104, R46202, and R46102–made between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2017. The Class Revolvers have a serial number stamped on the frame beginning with the letters Y, Z, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, or K. Anyone who receives this notice (including distributors and dealers), if you have sold or otherwise transferred a Class Revolver to someone else, please forward this notice to the current owner.

What are the Settlement Benefits? The Settlement establishes an “Enhanced Warranty” allowing current or future owners to send in their Class Revolvers for inspection, repair if necessary, certification, and cleaning, all free of charge (including shipping, labor, and parts). Additionally, each Class Member who takes advantage of the Enhanced Warranty and files a valid claim will receive a $50 cash “Inconvenience Payment.” The Settlement does not include claims for personal injury.

Prior to the Settlement, Rossi launched an “Early Warning Program” designed and intended to make current and future owners of Class Revolvers aware of the potential dangers and to inform them that the Class Revolvers should not be used or carried until they have been inspected and/or repaired. Those who sent in their Class Revolvers for inspection and repair in response to the Early Warning Program are entitled to make a claim for an Inconvenience Payment.

How can you file a Claim? If you are a Settlement Class Member, you must submit a valid claim to receive an Inconvenience Payment. The Claim Period will run for one year after the Settlement becomes final and effective, and the deadline will be posted on the website when the claims period begins. There is no deadline to participate in the Enhanced Warranty. In order to be eligible to receive an Inconvenience Payment, you must also have sent in your Class Revolver for inspection and repair under the Enhanced Warranty. You can file your Claim Form online at www.RossiRevolverSettlement.com, or you can print out a Claim Form from the website or get one by calling the toll-free number, 1-888-724-0242 and mail your claim to the Claims Administrator.

What are my other options? If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself by July 15, 2019. If you do not exclude yourself, you will give up any claims against Rossi covered by the Settlement, and will not be able to sue Rossi for these types of claims in the future. You may object to any aspect of the Settlement, but you must do so by July 15, 2019. The Long Form Notice of Settlement found on the Settlement website provides greater detail on how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on August 27, 2019 to consider whether to approve the Settlement and requests for attorneys’ fees and costs of up to $5,553,000 and Incentive Awards of $7,500 to each of the three Class Representatives. If you file and serve an objection, you and/or your attorney (if you choose to hire one at your own cost) may appear at this hearing (but are not required to).

This is only a summary. For detailed information including the Long Form Notice, the Settlement Agreement, and Claim Form information, visit www.RossiRevolverSettlement.com.

 

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I received the same email today, although the only Rossi I own at this time is an R98 Plinker (22LR), so not affected. I will say this, though......if I DID have one of the models affected, I would absolutely hold off on sending it in for "repair" (or possibly replacement-who knows) until a consistent repair procedure had been identified and demonstrated numerous times over. Otherwise, if no repair is possible, your revo may just disappear forever, to be replaced with something you don't want. With regard to the timeline, if I really loved the revolver, but no repaired guns had been returned to their owners, I guess I would opt out, and just continue practicing safe gun handling techniques. That's just me, though.
 

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I received that email also although I do not own, nor have I ever owned, a Rossi revolver. Dunno' how they got my name and email. I did respond letting them know about never owning a Rossi, and also letting them know that if they decided to send me a check anyway I would go out and buy a Rossi. :) Not sure if they'll respond.
 
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I figured they got my address from when I registered my M92. Also, they could have just used the combined database of Rossi, Taurus, and Heritage.
 

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What would solve this entire problem is to institute a fine of
$100,000 for every time a moron drops his firearm.
Then lock them in a closet and lose the key.
Some people should not own firearms.
Dropping a firearm is not considered 'normal usage'.
 

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I received that email also although I do not own, nor have I ever owned, a Rossi revolver. Dunno' how they got my name and email. I did respond letting them know about never owning a Rossi, and also letting them know that if they decided to send me a check anyway I would go out and buy a Rossi. :) Not sure if they'll respond.
Same here. Never owned one. Only thing I can think of is that they somehow got the email addresses of the forum members and sent it to all.
 
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Don't the models they mentioned have the firing pin on the hammer? Is that really a defect or is the lawsuit just an excuse for not properly handling a firearm.
 

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I just received this in snail mail today. I thought it was my shipping label, but instead the crap about the settlement DESPITE my having filed a service order request some 6+ months ago. They are not getting better at this, despite all of the practice they have gotten.
 
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I 'suspect' that part of the class-action law suit settlement required Taurus to notify by all means possible every Rossi owner? That includes snail mail. I think I've received two differently worded letters so far? You don't make a dump truck full of cash making guns, you make it by being a lawyer representing the ones who do. lol
 
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