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Home > Recalled Products > Home & Garden > Yard / Property Maintenance > Other / Misc. Yard Maintenance > Gas powered STIHL KombiMotors, KombiEngines with toolless fuel cap

Recall: Gas powered STIHL KombiMotors, KombiEngines with toolless fuel cap


On 2011-05-25, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gas powered STIHL KombiMotors, KombiEngines with toolless fuel cap due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2002 for about $190 to $650.

About 300,000 units are involved in this STIHL engine recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Other / Misc. Yard Maintenance category in 2011.

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Gas powered STIHL KombiMotors, KombiEngines with toolless fuel cap
Image of Recalled KombiEngine, Model KM 130 R 933090
Image of Recalled KombiEngine, Model KM 56 RC-E 929416
Note: The recalling company may not have provided images for every model. Please review the detailed description below.

Company Contact Information:

Phone: (800) 233-4729

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What is the problem?

The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The following yard power tools and model numbers are included in this recall:

Product Name & DescriptionModel NumberSerial Numbers Affected
KombiEngineKM 56 RC-EUp to 284180999
KM 90 RUp to 284012099
KM 110 RUp to 284012099
KM 130 RUp to 284012099

Visit STIHL's website, for additional photos of the power tools involved and photos of the toolless fuel cap.

Backpack blowers, hedge trimmers, pole pruners, edgers, trimmers & brushcutters and clearing saws were also recalled by Stihl due to the same hazard.

These items were sold new+ at Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650.

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 these products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. Consumers can contact STIHL for instructions on identifying these toolless fuel caps.

For additional information, contact STIHL toll-free at (800)233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at or e-mail to


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

STIHL has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.

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