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Recall of the Week: STIHL power yard tools due to burn and fire hazards

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

STIHL Inc. is recalling about 2.3 million gas powered trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap.

11226d[1] The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard. STIHL has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.

Check this link for information on the yard power tools and model numbers are included in the recall.

Visit STIHL’s website, for additional photos of the power tools involved and photos of the toolless fuel cap.

Manufactured in the United States, the power tools were sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for $190 to $650.

Consumers should immediately stop using these products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair, advises the company in a joint statement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Consumers can contact STIHL for instructions on identifying these toolless fuel caps.

For additional information, contact STIHL 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 or e-mail to [email protected].

For details on other recalls, see

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Pressure Washers

I've always had trouble with STIHL products. doesn't really surprise me.

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