February 18, 1997

Release # 97-070

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Stihl Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling over 256,000 Stihl model 029 and 039 chain saws. The gas cap on some of these saws can loosen and leak fuel during use, which presents a fire hazard.

Stihl Inc. has received nine reports of burn injury resulting from fires involving these chain saws.

Model 029 or model 039 Stihl chain saws with a serial number of 235153631 and below are involved in this recall. The model number is located on top of the saws' engine, and the serial number is located in the saws' housing, above the bumper spikes, directly under the front hand guard.

Stihl servicing dealers have sold the saws nationwide since March 1993 for about $350 to $450.

Consumers should immediately stop using the saws, and return them to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free replacement of the gas cap. Because some of these saws were previously recalled in 1994 to repair an ignition ground wire, Stihl dealers will also check and if necessary, repair the ground wire free of charge.

For more information, consumers can contact their authorized Stihl dealer or call Stihl Inc. at (800) GO-STIHL (467-8445).