Recall: Gas-powered Chain Saws
On 2017-02-23, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gas-powered Chain Saws due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2012 for about $1000.
About 100,000 units are involved in this STIHL chain saw recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Saws, Splitters & Hatchets category in 2017.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 50 similar recalls,
involving about 5 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves STIHL MS 461 gas-powered chain saws, and the MS 461 R chain saw with a wrap handle. The model number is on the model plate, located on the starter cover. The chain saws are gray and orange with "STIHL" on the engine cover. Recalled chain saws have a serial number between 173092800 and 181993952, under the front hand guard on the engine housing's sprocket side.
These items were sold new+ at Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2012 through December 2016 for about $1,000.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chain saws and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and free repair.
STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email email@example.com or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
STIHL Inc. has received 117 reports of pinched or leaking fuel lines. No fires, property damage or injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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