Smith & Wesson issued a recall for all the Shield EZ 9mm and .380 caliber pistols manufactured between March and October 2020, citing potential quality and safety concerns over hammers
Smith & Wesson Inc. announced yesterday – Monday, November 23rd, 2020 – that the Company has identified two M&P Shield EZ Pistols on which the hammers manufactured by a third-party supplier were cracked. In those firearms, the hammer failed to fully engage the sear, causing the round to fire, cycling the slide, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. In all cases, the firearm will NOT fire unless the grip safety is depressed.
While this condition has been found only in two hammers, and the Company investigation suggests that these two incidents are very isolated, any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury; therefore, Smith & Wesson has established a precautionary safety recall of all M&P Shield EZ pistols – including Performance Center models – manufactured between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020.
Owners of Smith & Wesson M&P-9 and M&P-380 Shield EZ pistols are encouraged to stop using them until they determine whether their guns are included in this safety recall; and to visit their website MPShieldEZrecall.com and input their serial number to determine whether the hammer of their M&P Shield EZ Pistol was from a manufacturing lot that was potentially affected. Customers from within the United States can also contact the Company by calling 888-871-7114.
Should you find out that your M&P Shield EZ Pistol is included in this recall, as determined by the website link or telephone number above, please follow the instructions on the website link, or call 888-871-7114 to arrange for the return of your firearm to Smith & Wesson for inspection.
Should your firearm be found to be affected upon inspection, Smith & Wesson will replace the defective component and return your firearm to you at no cost. All expenses will be covered by the Company – including shipping and handling – and the entire process is expected to take no longer than 10 business days.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ pistol owners living outside the United States are encouraged to see the list of Smith & Wesson Authorized Warranty Centers to determine where to send their pistol for inspection and replacement of the defective hammer if necessary.