Howa Machinery Announces Safety Upgrade.

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Howa Machinery Ltd. is voluntarily parforming a free safety upgrade on all Model 1500, 1550 and 1700LS rifles manufactured between 1970 and 1993. These rifles were distributed by Smith & Wesson, O.F Moss berg & Sons and Interarms.

Howa Machinery has initiated the safety upgrade program as a preventive measure. According to officials, use of an affected Howa rifle may result in 'an accident and severe injury. Owners should immediately stop using the rifle and visit www.regcen.com/howa or call 1-800-456-5131 to receive a bolt-return kit. Only the bolt sleeve is being upgraded. Bolts will be returned to owners following the upgrade.

The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver:

PN00010 through PN87159,

LS00001 through LS05150

M000001 through M020422,

LS10001 through LS10309

B000001 through B028450

No other rifles are affected

Howa Machinery's free safety upgrade will prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on the affected rifles. Such misassembly might contribute to a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.

The affected rifles were originally sold through licensed dealers nationwide. Some of these rifles may have...

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