Smith & Wesson recalls guns that could misfire


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February 26, 2009, 11:15 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Smith & Wesson Corp. is recalling certain pistols that could fire without the trigger being pulled. The gun maker said it was recalling all Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols that it manufactured from March 21, 2002, until Feb. 3, 2009. Smith & Wesson posted a recall notice Friday on its Web site and offered additional details in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday. The filing cited a problem in the affected pistol models that “may permit a round to be discharged without the trigger being pulled.”

The Springfield-based company said it was issuing the recall “because any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential for causing injury.” Customers with the affected pistols can send them back to the company, and have them returned with a new part, at no cost, the company said. Smith & Wesson said it had established a financial reserve to cover recall costs it will book in its fiscal third quarter that ended Jan. 31. The company estimates the costs will trim $900,000 to $1.3 million from its quarterly profit. For more information on the recall, including serial numbers of the affected pistols, visit Smith & Wesson’s Web site, www.smith-wesson.com, or call 800-331-0852.

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