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STIHL Recalls Edgers, Trimmer/Brushcutters, Pole Pruners and KombiMotors

  • Location of model number on the starter cover
  • Model FC 56 C edger
  • Model FS 40 C trimmer/brushcutter
  • Model FS 50 C trimmer/brushcutter
  • Model FS 56 C trimmer/brushcutter
  • Model FS 56 RC trimmer/brushcutter
  • Model HT 56 C pole pruner
  • Model KM 56 RC KombiMotor
  • Location of serial number on the bottom of the engine
Name of Product:
STIHL gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors
Hazard:
The gasoline tank vent can become dislodged due to incorrect factory installation and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
November 12, 2015
Units:
About 140,000 (in addition, about 16,000 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact

STIHL Inc. at 800-610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email stihlrecall@stihl.us or online at www.stihlusa.com and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves STIHL edgers with model number FC 56 C, trimmer/brushcutters with model numbers FS 40 C, FS 50 C, FS 56 C and FS 56 RC, pole pruners with model number HT 56 C and KombiMotors with model number KM 56 RC. The model number is located on the starter cover at the rear of the engine. The engine size is about 28 cc. The products are gray and orange with "STIHL" on the engine cover. The serial number range for all of the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine. 

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and repair. 

Incidents/Injuries:

STIHL Inc. has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Sold At

Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from November 2014 through September 2015 for between $200 and $400.

Manufacturer(s):
STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.
Manufactured In:
United States
Recall number:
16-031
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