STIHL recalls several gas-powered products due to fire hazards

Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-14 06:42:24-05

Virginia Beach, Va. – STIHL is recalling around 140,000 of their gas-powered products due to fire hazards, according to their website.

The STIHL gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors have all been recalled.

The company says the products pose a fire hazard to users because of an incorrect factory installation of the gasoline tank vent.  When improperly installed, the vent may become dislodged, causing fuel to leak.

STIHL released the following description of the recalled products :

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.

The products were sold nationwide from November 2014 through September 2015 for between $200 and $400.

So far, 319 users have reported the fuel tank vents coming loose and leaking fuel.  There have been no reports of fires or injuries.

STIHL says owners should stop using the products immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer.