|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2010
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 610-6677
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
STIHL Inc. Recalls Chain Saws Due to Laceration Hazard
WASHINGTON, 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.
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
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 SaferProducts.gov
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