STIHL Inc. Recalls Chain Saws Due to Laceration Hazard

Dec 23, 2010, 09:00 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Name of product: STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version).

Units: About 5,000.

Manufacturer: STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain.  This can pose a risk of a laceration injury to the user or a bystander.  

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking.  No injuries have been reported.

Description:  The recalled chain saws have a rear-handle activated chain brake (C-Q version) and have an orange top casing, gray base, black handle and "STIHL MS 361C" printed in an orange circle on the side of the unit.    

Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.  

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy:  Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair.  

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact STIHL at (800) 610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit STIHL's website at www.stihlusa.com.

Photos are available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11080.html.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 610-6677

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



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