The accidental shooting death of a Gaylesville child has become the subject of a lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of the gun in the incident.
Back in February of this year (2015), eleven year old D.J. Simms from Gaylesville was fatally injured, when he was struck by a bullet inside the family home; the initial reports indicated that the boy’s father had been cleaning a gun when the weapon discharged.
The father was placing a magazine in the gun and had bumped his hand against the bottom to seat it, and the gun discharged.
That shot traveled through the father’s hand and struck the eleven year old, killing him; the bullet also hit the mother in the elbow.
The Slow motion footage below shows three Taurus pistols (PT 24-7 .40, PT 24-7 .45, PT111 9mm) during a simulated drop. The company has agreed to a voluntary recall of 9 models in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit.
Though, the recall will not be effective, and gun owners can’t mail their pistols back, until a judge gives final approval to the settlement which includes a $30 million cap on the $200 cash back payments.
Both parents were taken to the hospital for treatment while the child was pronounced dead at the scene; that lawsuit claims the incident was due to a design flaw, making certain types of Taurus pistols likely to discharge when the pistol is subjected to an impact or dropped; it was also stated the gun is still capable of being fired by a trigger pull – even when the safety appears to be in the “safe” position.
Attorney Todd Wheeles said the suit contends that Taurus knew about the design flaws and in spite of that, continued to market the weapon.