The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., today announced a voluntary recall of about 2.3 million Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap.
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||Photos|
|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
|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 110 R
|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 130 R
Visit STIHL's website, www.stihlusa.com 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 at www.stihlusa.com or e-mail to email@example.com.