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Remington Sued Over Teen's Accidental Gunshot Death

The family of a North Carolina teenager who was accidentally shot and killed when a Remington rifle allegedly misfired has filed a lawsuit against the gun's manufacturer.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by the family of 16-year-old Jasmine Thar, claims that a design flaw in the Remington .308 Model 700 rifle caused the gun to fire while it was being cleaned in 2011, killing Jasmine, who was passing by the rifle owner's home at the time of the misfire. Two other people were injured in the incident.

The gun's owner told authorities who questioned him at the time of the shooting that he was cleaning the weapon when it went off and that his finger had not touched the trigger.

According to court documents, the family claims that Remington sold the Model 700 despite having evidence that it was prone to accidental misfiring.

On the company's website, however, Remington contends that the Model 700 is safe for use and that any misfires have been caused by improper maintenance or after-market alterations.