Sig P238 Safety Upgrade

Press release from Sig Sauer:

SIG SAUER, Inc. has initiated a Mandatory Safety Upgrade pertaining to our new Model P238™ pistols. We have determined that a small number of P238 pistols may have safety levers that are not manufactured to factory specifications. Under certain conditions, it may be possible for the lever not to be completely engaged in the safe position. In this condition, the gun will not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, when the safety lever is moved to the off position, the hammer may fall, with the remote possibility that the gun could fire unintentionally, thus creating a risk of injury or death.

There have been no reports of any injuries or mishaps; however, in accordance with SIG SAUER, Inc.’s commitment to provide customers with the highest quality products and services, we are issuing a P238 Mandatory Safety Upgrade, to return the identified product to factory specifications. Upon receipt of the firearm, SIG SAUER will, at no cost to the owner, eliminate the risk identified above by replacing the subject part and performing functional upgrades that have been incorporated into the P238, subsequent to its introduction. SIG SAUER will return the firearm, pre-paid, to the owner as quickly as possible.

If you have a SIG SAUER P238 with a serial number between DA000501 and DA003216, please cease use of the firearm immediately. Not all P238s within the identified serial number range are affected; therefore, it is imperative that you contact us via the UPGRADE HOT LINE at 1 (866) 446-1914. An operator will take your information and confirm if your firearm is required to be returned for Upgrading. If necessary, you will receive a certified package from SIG SAUER that will contain a UPS shipping return label, a Return Merchandise Authorization Number, and a box to return the firearm. Simply affix the provided UPS shipping label to the supplied box (completely covering the existing shipping label) and bring the box to a designated UPS drop-off location. Please be certain to include the magazine along with the original SIG SAUER blue gun box. If you have questions or would like further information, you may contact SIG SAUER CUSTOMER SERVICE at 603-772-2302 (Choose Option # 3).

This does not affect ANY of the 27Axxxxxx serialized pistols.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your immediate cooperation in the return of your P238 handgun.


Check the serial number on your P238 immediately to see if it needs some work done.


  1. I’ve only been around the gun world for a few years. Is the propensity for new designs to have serious safety recalls a new thing or has it gone on a while?

    How does this stuff get out the door in such a safety critical industry?

  2. “How does this stuff get out the door in such a safety critical industry?”

    Well given that Ruger, S&W, Bushmaster, and now Sig have all recalled collectively a regulation-standard fuk-tun of guns that were “Unsafe”, but as far as I know there have been ZERO injuries, deaths…or even close calls to my knowledge across the board, I would assume these guns get into the wild “Unsafe” because the industry goes above and beyond with their determinations of safety, so that whole lines of guns and be recalled and modified (drastically in the case of the SR9) without a single injury….

    1. Weerd, you know that’s not true. Why just a couple of days ago, Josh Sugarman said that the ACR was intentionally released as a machine gun because uh THE EBBILLL GUN LOBBY YEAH.

  3. It makes sense that the firearm industry is more pro-active in recalls than most other industries.
    Look at it this way..years down the road they figure out something is wrong and ignore it or blame it on their consumers all Toyota-style then that something that is wrong GOES wrong and someone dies..the media would shitbrix and that company would be pretty much out of business in short order.

  4. It is probably worth pointing out that this recall was issued in July of 2009… It looks like it is new since you just posted it.

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