Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Power Equipment from Stihl

Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Power Equipment from Stihl
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November 12, 2015

Stihl Inc. is issuing a recall for a power equipment due to a fire risk.

The manufacturer announced that it would be voluntarily recalling gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors. In the affected items, the gasoline tank vent can become dislodged due to incorrect factory installation and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard. The company is recalling about 140,000 pieces of equipment.

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 serial number range for all the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine.

Customers could purchase these products at authorized Stihl dealers nationwide from November 2014 through September 2015 for between $200 and $400.

Stihl has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized dealer for a free inspection and repair.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Stihl customer service by phone at (800) 610-6677 or by email at stihlrecall@stihl.us.

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