The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Va., announced a voluntary recall of about 5,000 STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version).
Hazard: The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain. This can pose a risk of a laceration injury to the user or a bystander.
Incidents/Injuries: STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled chain saws have a rear-handle activated chain brake (C-Q version) and have an orange top casing, gray base, black handle and "STIHL MS 361C" printed in an orange circle on the side of the unit.
Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact STIHL at (800) 610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit STIHL's website at www.stihlusa.com.