IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE TO STIHL CUSTOMERS

February 23, 2017

STIHL Recalls Chainsaws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards


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Recall Summary



Name of Product: STIHL gas-powered chainsaws

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

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return them to an authorized STIHL Dealer for a free inspection and free 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.

Recall Details



Units: About 100,000

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

STIHL Inc. is also voluntarily recalling to inspect and repair certain MS 461 Rescue and GS 461 machines.

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

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

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

Manufacturer: ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG

Manufactured in: Germany




MS 461



MS 461 R



Location of serial number under front hand guard on sprocket side


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