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Mini-cultivator attachment is being recalled by STIHL due to laceration hazard

Mini-cultivator

STIHL is recalling about 185,000 mini-cultivator attachments.

The gearbox could have mistakenly been installed upside down by the STIHL dealer causing the tines to rotate backwards toward the operator, posing a laceration hazard to the user.

STIHL has received 12 reports of incidents, including six reports of lacerations to consumers.

The recalled mini-cultivator is one of 15 interchangeable attachments to the STIHL KombiMotor KM model powerheads, which are sold separately.

The mini-cultivator is used to break up loose soil. It has four black discs with tines mounted to a gearbox and attached to a metal drive tube with a black deflector.

The mini-cultivator attachment should have been assembled by the STIHL dealer and not sold in a box or assembled by the consumer.

The recalled mini-cultivator attachments are those with the gearbox installed upside down. 

The mini-cultivators were sold by authorized STIHL servicing dealers nationwide from January 2005 through August 2020 for about $190.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mini-cultivator attachment and take it to an authorized STIHL servicing dealer for a free inspection and free proper assembly, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise.

For more information, call STIHL at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail stihlrecall@stihl.us, or visit www.stihlusa.com and click on “Information,” then “Product Recalls,” and then “BF-KM recall”.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

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