May 29, 2003

Alert #03-541


The following product safety recall was 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 Chain Saws

Units: 13,000

Manufacturer: Stihl Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: In some units, the fuel tank vent could be installed incorrectly and become dislodged. If this occurs, fuel could leak and result in a fire.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: Stihl and model number, MS 270C, MS280, or MS280C are printed on the starter housing. The serial number is inscribed into the surface of the housing and can be seen by looking at the surface of the chain saw next to and above the bumper spikes. Saws with serial numbers from 255923345 through 260340097 are included in this recall.

Sold at: Stihl dealers nationwide sold the chain saws from August 2002 through March 2003 for between $350 and $430.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Authorized Stihl dealers will replace all fuel tank vents. If you own one of the recalled chain saws, stop using it until the fuel tank vent has been replaced.

Consumer Contact: Call Stihl at (800) 610-6677 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to the company's Web site at

picture of recalled chain saw