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Number of STIHL tools recalled due to fire hazard

Left to Right: Trimmer/Brushcutter, Blower, Clearing Saw, Hedge Trimmer, Edger (Source: CPSC) Left to Right: Trimmer/Brushcutter, Blower, Clearing Saw, Hedge Trimmer, Edger (Source: CPSC)
Left to Right: KombiEngine, Pole Pruner (Source: CPSC) Left to Right: KombiEngine, Pole Pruner (Source: CPSC)

WASHINGTON, DC (KAIT) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, VA has announced the voluntary recall of Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap.

CPSC listed the following powertools and model numbers under the 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 248398635

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

 

According to CPSC, the level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing the fuel to spill and create a fire and burn hazard. STIHL says it has received up to 81 reports of consumer having difficulty installing/removing fuel caps and fuel spillage, but no injuries were reported.

STIHL says it sold about 2.3 million units nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650.

CSPC recommends consumers immediately stop using these products and return them to and authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. STIHL can be contacted 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 mailto:stihlrecall@stihl.us for more information.

To get more information photos on this recall go to CPSC website.

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