STIHL RECALLS YARD POWER PRODUCTS DUE TO BURN AND FIRE HAZARDS (05/25/2011)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap

Units: About 2.3 million

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

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

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

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


Product Name & Description

Model Number | Serial Numbers Affected


Blower, backpack

BR 500 | Up to 284053456

BR 550 | Up to 284053456

BR 600 | Up to 284053456

BR 600 | Magnum Up to 284053456


Hedge Trimmer, extended reach

HL 90K | Up to 284101483

HL 100 | Up to 284101483

HL 100 | K Up to 284101483


Pole Pruner

HT 56 C-E | Up to 284398635

HT 100 | Up to 284097165

HT 101 | Up to 284097165

HT 130 | Up to 284097165

HT 131 | Up to 284097165


Edger

FC 56 C-E | Up to 284180999

FC 70 C-E | Up to 284180999

FC 90 | Up to 284012099

FC 95 | Up to 284012099

FC 100 | Up to 284012099

FC 110 | Up to 284012099


Trimmer/Brushcutter

FS 40 C-E | Up to 284180999

FS 56 C-E | Up to 284180999

FS 56 RC-E | Up to 284180999

FS 70 RC-E | Up to 284180999

FS 90 | Up to 284012099

FS 90 R | Up to 284012099

FS 100 RX | Up to 284012099

FS 110 | Up to 284012099

FS 110 R | Up to 284012099

FS 110 RX | Up to 284012099

FS 130 | Up to 284012099

FS 130 R | Up to 284012099


Clearing Saw

FS 310 | Up to 284012099


KombiEngine

KM 56 RC-E | Up to 284180999

KM 90 R | Up to 284012099

KM 110 R | Up to 284012099

KM 130 R | Up to 284012099


Visit STIHL's website

for additional photos of the power tools involved and photos of the toolless fuel cap.

Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: 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.

Consumer Contact: 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

or e-mail.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, click here.


Sponsors
The Blue Book of Building & Construction

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Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

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ERNwest

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High Country Contractors & Developers

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CHG Building Systems, Inc.

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HUB International NW, LLC

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Merit Harbor Group

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Peterson Sullivan LLP

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Lovsted-Worthington LLP

Lovsted-Worthington LLP

Daily Journal of Commerce

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Graham Construction

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