Yes, guns are dangerous. But the complaint for this class action alleges that certain pistols made by Glock, Inc. and its Austrian parent, Glock GmbH, are even dangerous to the person using them. The complaint claims that the pistols have a defect that may lead to a “blow out” at firing.
The Nationwide Class for this action is all individuals in the US who own or owned a Class Handgun. The Arizona Subclass is all individuals in Arizona who own or own a Class Handgun.
The guns at issue in this case are semi-automatic, meaning that for each pull of the trigger, the guns fire, extract, eject, and reload. They include Model 22, 22 Gen 4, 23, 23 Gen 4, 24, 27, 27 Gen 4, 35, 35 Gen 4, 35 Gen 4 MOS, 22 cut, 22 P, 23 cut, 23 P, 21 Gen 4, 21 SF, 30 Gen 4, 30s, 30 SF, 36, 41 Gen 4, 41 Gen 4 MOS, 37, 38, 39, 20 Gen 4, 20 SF, 29 Gen 4, 29 SF, and 40 Gen 4 MOS, and “all gun models with a similar chamber design and feed ramp length.”
The complaint quotes claims of quality from the Glock GmbH website: “The continuous pursuit of perfection in every facet of design, engineering, and manufacturing, has firmly established GLOCK pistols as the standard by which all others are compared.” And, “our commitment to ‘Perfection’ remains steadfast: we will never compromise quality. We will continue to invest tremendous resources in the technology and talent necessary to improve our products wherever possible; and we will always strive to deliver maximum customer satisfaction!”
However, the complaint describes a defect in the guns at issue that it alleges makes them unsafe: “Each gun contains a feed ramp that is too long and goes into the chamber causing a lack of chamber support for the round/casing which causes the force of a fired round to exert unreasonable pressures upon the round/casing in the 6 o’clock position… This defect creates a ‘blow out’ or a ‘kaboom’ which is a dangerous situation which causes the round/casing to separate and dislodge a piece of the casing at the 6 o’clock position.”
According to the complaint, Glock has never fixed this defect, it has never warned the public or purchasers of its pistols about it, and it has never issued a recall so that the guns can be repaired. “In fact,” it says, “Glock is aware that individuals have been seriously injured as a result of the Defects, and it is only a matter of time before more individuals are seriously injured or killed.”
The complaint makes claims of negligence, fraud, strict product liability, and breaches of warranties, among other things.