Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc. is facing a product liability lawsuit by a man who said a Ruger American pistol fell apart at target practice, causing injuries that required surgery.
Houston-based resident Aaron Yuhas was at Marksman Indoor Range in South Houston when the incident occurred on January 10, 2018.
He was in the midst of target practice when the pistol’s slide barrel and spring broke apart during use. The slide barred hit and impacted his face “full force”.
In his lawsuit, Yuhas is described as an experienced and trained gun owner. The claim alleges design defect, manufacturing defect, marketing defect, breach of implied warranty, negligence and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Yuhas has suffered quite a bit from this incident. He will be seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses, physical impairment and disability, physical disfigurement, and lost wages and earning capacity.
In addition, he will be seeking exemplary damages due to the allegation his injuries were caused by gross negligence.
Ruger Safety Bulletin
In October 2018, Ruger issued a Safety Bulletin of the American brand pistol that uses 9mm ammunition; the same one Yuhas was injured with.
The affected pistols include duty (full-sized) and compact models in both Manual Safety and Pro safety configurations. They contain serial number prefixes of 860 and 862, which can be found by looking at the barrel.
The notice states, “premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and the barrel, which, if ignored, can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide.”
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