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Two Major Manufacturers Face Safety Recalls for Handguns

by Handguns Online Staff   |  September 4th, 2013 10

A pair of the nation’s top firearm manufacturers—Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory—recently issued safety recalls on two of their most popular subcompact pistols.

On Aug. 22, Smith & Wesson issued a major consumer safety alert for all M&P Shield pistols made before Aug. 19, 2013. The safety alert identified a condition where the Shield’s trigger bar pin could damage the trigger’s drop safety feature—enabling the pistol to potentially discharge when dropped.

Smith & Wesson urgently warned anyone with a Shield to: “STOP USING YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND, IF THE CONDITION IS FOUND, REPAIRED.”

Those who own pistols exhibiting the potential safety hazard are instructed to arrange for repair by contacting Smith & Wesson directly at (877)-899-6259.

Ironically just six days later, on Aug. 28, Springfield Armory issued a voluntary safety recall for their .45 ACP and 9mm XD-S pistols.

Springfield’s recall identified the following issue: “Under exceptionally rare circumstances, some 3.3 XD-S 9mm and .45ACP caliber pistols could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or could experience a double-fire when the trigger is pulled once. The chance of these conditions existing is exceptionally rare, but if they happen, serious injury or death could occur.”

According to Springfield, no injuries have been reported to date. Pistols affected by the recall include: XD-S 9mm pistols with serial numbers between XS900000 and XS938700, and XD-S .45 ACP pistols with serial numbers between XS500000 and XS686300.

To arrange for XD-S repairs, follow these recall instructions, or contact the Springfield Armory Call Center at (800)-680-6866 to send your pistol in for service at Springfield’s expense.

While there’s still no information on exactly how many Smith & Wesson M&P Shield or Springfield XD-S pistols exhibit the potentially hazardous conditions, it’s believed very few pistols are actually affected.

Both manufacturers are proactively handling the safety recalls by warning folks to take caution, inspect their pistols and send them in for immediate repair.

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