STIHL Recalls Chainsaws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards

Recall Summary

Name of Product: STIHL gas-powered chainsaws

Hazard: The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return them to an authorized STIHL Dealer for a free inspection and free repair.

Consumer Contact: STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email stihlrecall@stihl.us or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 100,000

Description: This recall involves STIHL MS 461 gas-powered chainsaws, and the MS 461 R chainsaw with a wrap handle. The model number is on the model plate, located on the starter cover. The chainsaws are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover. Recalled chainsaws have a serial number between 173092800 and 181993952, under the front hand guard on the engine housing’s sprocket side.

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Incidents/Injuries: STIHL Inc. has received 117 reports of pinched or leaking fuel lines. No fires, property damage or injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Authorized STIHL Dealers nationwide from July 2012 through December 2016 for about $1,000.

Importer: STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Manufacturer: ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG

Manufactured in: Germany

MS 461

MS 461R

Location of serial number under front hand guard on sprocket side

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
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Topics

The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards Recall Summary Name of Product: STIHL gas-powered chainsaws Hazard: The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards. Remedy: Repair Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return them to an authorized STIHL Dealer for a free inspection and free repair. Consumer […]

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