Thompson/Center Arms, a division of Smith & Wesson, announced a total recall of the Compass bolt-action hunting rifles amid safety concerns over potential accidental discharges
On Thursday, September 16th, Thompson/Center Arms – a subsidiary of the Smith & Wesson Corporation – issued a total recall notice for the Compass bolt-action hunting rifles.
First showcased at the 2016 SHOT Show, the T/C Arms Compass rifles started shipping to U.S. retailers in July, and was meant to be the Company's big hit for the upcoming 2016 hunting season.
The Company has determined that in some instances, "depending on the height and position of the rifle and other factors", a chambered round may fire if the firearm is dropped while the safety in the FIRE position.
The safety recall affects all T/C Arms Compass rifles manufactured before September 16th, 2016.
Owners of the Thompson/Center Arms Compass bolt-action hunting rifle are requested to stop using the rifle at once and to take all necessary steps to return the gun to factory for repair; there is no remedy that the user himself/herself can apply, the guns must be repaired by the company.
To facilitate the inspection and repair of recalled rifles, owners are encouraged to contact Thompson/Center at 855-512-5935 to receive instructions and a pre-paid shipping label for the return of their rifle to Thompson/Center. The company will fix the issue at no cost and return the guns to their owners as quickly and efficiently as possible.
While awaiting for the recall, owners of the T/C Arms Compass rifles are urged to store them unloaded and with the safety switch in the SAFE – LOAD/UNLOAD position.
For the return of the Thompson/Center Arms Compass rifles still held by distributors or retailers, please visit the official website.