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STIHL Recalls Chain Saws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

  • MS 461
  • MS 461 R
  • Location of serial number under front hand guard on sprocket side
Name of Product:
STIHL gas-powered chain saws

The fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

Recall Date:
February 23, 2017
About 100,000
Consumer Contact

STIHL Inc. at 800-233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email or online at and click on Information and then Product Recalls for more information. 

Recall Details


This recall involves STIHL MS 461 gas-powered chain saws, and the MS 461 R chain saw with a wrap handle.  The model number is on the model plate, located on the starter cover.  The chain saws are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover.  Recalled chain saws have a serial number between 173092800 and 181993952, under the front hand guard on the engine housing’s sprocket side. 


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


STIHL Inc. has received 117 reports of pinched or leaking fuel lines. No fires, property damage or injuries have been reported.

Sold At:
Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2012 through December 2016 for about $1,000.

STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

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