Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Safety Alert

STIHL Recalls Chain Saws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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: STIHL gas-powered chain saws

Hazard: The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email stihlrecall@stihl.us or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.

Units: About 100,000

Description: This recall involves STIHL MS 461 gas-powered chain saws, and the MS 461 R chain saw with a wrap handle. The model number is on the model plate, located on the starter cover. The chain saws are gray and orange with "STIHL" on the engine cover. Recalled chain saws have a serial number between 173092800 and 181993952, under the front hand guard on the engine housing's sprocket side.

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL Inc. has received 117 reports of pinched or leaking fuel lines. No fires, property damage or injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chain saws and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and free repair.

Sold At: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2012 through December 2016 for about $1,000.

Manufacturer: ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG

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

Manufactured in: Germany