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STIHL Recalls Yard Power Products Due to Burn and Fire Hazards


U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – 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.

Product Information

Name of Product: Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap

Units: About 2.3 million

Manufacturer: STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, VA.

Hazard: The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The following yard power tools and model numbers are included in this recall:

Product Name & Description

Model Number | Serial Numbers Affected

Blower, backpack

BR 500 | Up to 284053456
BR 550 | Up to 284053456
BR 600 | Up to 284053456
BR 600 | Magnum Up to 284053456

Hedge Trimmer, extended reach

HL 90K | Up to 284101483
HL 100 | Up to 284101483
HL 100 | K Up to 284101483

Pole Pruner

HT 56 C-E | Up to 284398635
HT 100 | Up to 284097165
HT 101 | Up to 284097165
HT 130 | Up to 284097165
HT 131 | Up to 284097165


FC 56 C-E | Up to 284180999
FC 70 C-E | Up to 284180999
FC 90 | Up to 284012099
FC 95 | Up to 284012099
FC 100 | Up to 284012099
FC 110 | Up to 284012099


FS 40 C-E | Up to 284180999
FS 56 C-E | Up to 284180999
FS 56 RC-E | Up to 284180999
FS 70 RC-E | Up to 284180999
FS 90 | Up to 284012099
FS 90 R | Up to 284012099
FS 100 RX | Up to 284012099
FS 110 | Up to 284012099
FS 110 R | Up to 284012099
FS 110 RX | Up to 284012099
FS 130 | Up to 284012099
FS 130 R | Up to 284012099

Clearing Saw

FS 310 | Up to 284012099


KM 56 RC-E | Up to 284180999
KM 90 R | Up to 284012099
KM 110 R | Up to 284012099
KM 130 R | Up to 284012099


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

Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190.00 and $650.00.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. Consumers can contact STIHL for instructions on identifying these toolless fuel caps.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact STIHL toll-free at 800-233-4729 between 8:00am and 8:00pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at or e-mail to

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (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 your experience with the product on

About The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to:, call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 800-638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to




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