IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE TO STIHL CUSTOMERS
November 12, 2015
STIHL Recalls Edgers, Trimmer/Brushcutters, Pole Pruners and KombiMotors Due to Fire Hazard
Consumer Product Safety Commission Information
Name of Product: STIHL gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors.
Hazard: The gasoline tank vent can become dislodged due to incorrect factory installation and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and repair.
Consumer Contact: STIHL Inc. at 800-610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email email@example.com or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.
Units: About 140,000 (in addition, about 16,000 were sold in Canada)
Description: This recall involves STIHL edgers with model number FC 56 C, trimmer/brushcutters with model numbers FS 40 C, FS 50 C, FS 56 C and FS 56 RC, pole pruners with model number HT 56 C and KombiMotors with model number KM 56 RC. The model number is located on the starter cover at the rear of the engine. The engine size is about 28 cc. The products are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover. The serial number range for all of the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine.
Incidents/Injuries: STIHL Inc. has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.
Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from November 2014 through September 2015 for between $200 and $400.
Manufacturer: STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.
Manufactured in: United States
Note: Health Canada's press release is available here.
Location of model number on the starter cover
Model FC 56 C edger
Model FS 40 C trimmer/brushcutter
Model FS 50 C trimmer/brushcutter
Model FS 56 C trimmer/brushcutter
Model FS 56 RC trimmer/brushcutter
Model HT 56 C pole pruner
Model KM 56 RC KombiMotor
Location of serial number on the bottom of the engine
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