|December 16, 2010
Trimmers/Brushcutters Recalled by STIHL Incorporated Due to Injury Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: STIHL FS 310 Bike Handle Trimmer/Brushcutter
Units: About 1,000
Manufacturer: STIHL Incorporated, of Virginia Beach, Va.
Hazard: Vibration from the ignition module may cause the trimmer head to loosen and detach from the mounting, posing an injury hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The company received three reports of incidents and no reports of injuries.
Description: The recalled bike handle trimmer/brushcutter has "STIHL" printed on the engine head. The model number FS 310 is located in two places, on the shaft and on the flywheel housing below the starter grip. This recall includes all units with serial numbers ranging from 27961 1030 through 27961 1119 and 27984 3607 through 27984 4556, which can be found on an adhesive label affixed to the bottom of the fuel tank and etched into the metal frame on the bottom of the engine.
Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from June 2009 to April 2010 for about $550.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: STIHL informed purchasers for whom they had addresses directly by letter after April 15, 2010. Consumers should stop using this trimmer/brushcutter immediately and take it to an authorized STIHL dealer for a new ignition module, which will be installed at no cost to the consumer.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact STIHL between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at (800) 610-6677 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
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.
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