NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Sears Roebuck & Co. took the unusual step Friday of recalling a line of shotguns -- unusual because the guns are nearly 50 years old and the manufacturer is no longer in business.
The retailer said it is recalling the J.C. Higgins bolt action 12-gauge shotguns due to a potential problem with the bolt latch assembly. A spokeswoman for Sears said if the assembly failed, the bolt latch could dislodge and strike the operator in the face.
Sears took the action after receiving reports about the shotgun, but the spokeswoman said she was not aware of any injuries related to the potential problem.
Sears is offering a $160 finders' fee for the return of the bolt, making the shotgun inoperable.
The shotguns were sold in Sears stores and through its catalog as the "J.C. Higgins Bolt Action 12-Gauge Model 10 Shotgun" during the 1950s.
The shotgun was carried under several product numbers: 583.13, 583.14, 583.15, 583.16, 583.17, 583.18, 583.19, 583.20, 583.21 and 583.22. The number is engraved on the gun's barrel.
Sears stopped selling firearms and ammunition in the early 1980s