It seems that the recall isn't something that is foreign to any manufacturer these days, even the world's most battle proven. FN America has issued a mandatory M249S safety recall due to a defect in the fire control group. Both the Para and the Standard configuration are affected by the recall sadly, but FN has offered to make it right at no cost to the consumer.
This is exactly how a company should conduct a recall. Take notes, other manufacturers.
FN America says that the M249S' hammer group can fail to reset resulting in the M249S to cease function "causing an unsafe firing event." They don't dive into deep detail as to what that unsafe event might be, but I suspect you might get a slight runaway or the possibility of a double fire. FN USA also stated that not all rifles are going to be affected by this recall and that you should check your serial number against the FN M249S Safety Recall webpage before contacting FN.
If your serial number does fall within the affected range, stop using the rifle immediately and contact FN America at M249Srecall@fnamerica.com. You can also call the FN M249S Safety Recall support team at 1-800-635-1321, extension 145 Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM EST. All of the needed modification that falls under the M249S safety recall will be performed at no charge to the rifle's owner and shipping of the rifle will also be covered be FN America according to the press release.
Important: FN America does ask that you DO NOT ship any firearms to them for repair or to be serviced without a FedEx label being generated by them and sent. Please do not send the firearm without speaking with FN America.
Visit the FN America website for more information on their lineup of firearms.
FN ISSUES MANDATORY SAFETY RECALL OF ALL FN M249S® RIFLES
FN America, LLC, announces the mandatory recall of certain FN M249S® semi-automatic, belt-fed rifles in both standard and PARA configurations. A recently identified design issue within the hammer group of the rifle may adversely affect the rifle’s reliability. Under certain circumstances, a reset failure within the hammer group may cause the M249S to cease to function, causing an unsafe firing event. To correct this condition and restore consistent, proper and safe operation of the firearm, it is necessary to replace the hammer group.
FN is instructing customers to discontinue use of these rifles immediately and return affected products to FN directly for installation of a new hammer group, at no cost.
October 2017 FN M249S® SAFETY RECALL Product Name:
FN M249S Standard,
FN M249S PARA
56460, 56501, 56509,
56502, 56435 (Limited Edition)
Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
Not all FN M249S serial numbers are affected by this recall. Therefore, FN M249S owners are asked to please visit the FN M249S Safety Recall webpage and input their serial number. If the firearm is affected, further instruction on returning the FN M249S for service will be provided.
Note: Please do not ship any affected product to FN until a FedEx label has been generated and sent to you. If the firearm is not affected, a message stating such will be displayed. In the interim, FN asks that customers not operate their FN M249S Standard or PARA until the hammer group has been replaced.
FN is deeply committed to providing customers with the safest, most reliable firearms possible. As such, it is imperative that all recalled product is received back as soon as possible. Patience and cooperation is appreciated as we receive, inspect and service these firearms. We will make every effort to return the product back to customers within 30 days of receipt.
For questions about the recall or assistance in returning a firearm, contact the FN M249S Recall Support team at 1-800-635-1321, extension 145, or by email at M249Srecall@fnamerica.com. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
You will need to enter your 11 digit serial number.
To locate serial number please see figure below.