Nearly 100,000 gas-powered chain saws are being recalled by STIHL and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) upon learning of a leakage issue with the product’s fuel line. If a recalled chainsaw’s fuel line does leak, the consumer is at risk of both fire and burn hazards.
The chain saw recall involves the STIHL MS 461 R gas-powered chain saw with a wrap handle. The recalled chain saws feature the “STIHL” logo on its engine cover and are orange and gray in color. Located under the front hand guard near the engine’s housing, the chain saw’s serial number should be between 173092800 and 181993952 to be included in this recall.
Before the chain saw recall was announced, STIHL and CPSC learned of 117 incidents where the fuel lines were either pinched or leaking. No fires, property damage or injuries have been linked to this chain saw recall.
From July 2012 through December 2016, the recalled chain saws were sold for around $1,000 by authorized STIHL dealers across the nation. The chain saws were manufactured in Germany.
Any consumer in possession of one or more of the recalled chain saws should immediately stop using the product and return them to any authorized STIHL dealer to receive a free inspection and repair.
For more information on the chain saw recall, contact STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls.