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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Important Safety Recall Notice to STIHL Customers

We care about our customers’ safety, so in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, we are recalling certain STIHL Yard Power Tools with Toolless Fuel Caps. This recall is for safety reasons. The levels of ethanol, aromatics or other additives in some gasoline sold in the United States may distort parts of the fuel cap, which could make caps more difficult to install and/or remove. If a fuel cap is not properly installed and fuel spillage results, there is a risk of fire if an ignition source is present, which could result in a burn injury to the consumer. We have received no reports of injuries at this time.

If your STIHL product has one of the recalled caps, you should discontinue use of your recalled STIHL product immediately and take it/them to an authorized STIHL dealer. Your dealer will install a new toolless fuel cap without any cost to you.

To determine if your product has the recalled cap, please visit the STIHL product recall page.  You may also call our Customer Service number: 1-800-GO-STIHL, email us using the Contact STIHL form. or take your product to your nearest STIHL dealer. 

Thanks for your comment. To be clear though, what we have found is that the force and sometimes the tools (pliers etc.) that have been used to remove a stuck cap can damage the tank. For this reason we are asking customers to bring the units in and STIHL dealers have been directed to inspect the tank openings as well and take the appropriate corrective actions.