Thursday, May 26, 2011

CPSC announces recall of over two million Stihl yard power tools at risk of fuel leaks

CPSC announces recall of over two million yard power tools at risk of fuel leaks.


The AP (5/25) reported the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of over two million lawn power tools "because of a potential fire or burn danger." The CPSC said fuel caps on "gas-powered Stihl (steel) trimmers, brush cutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners and backpack blowers" were subject to fuel spills because "the level of ethanol and other fuel additives in the product can distort the cap."

CNNMoney (5/25) reported, "Stihl said it has received 81 reports 'of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage,' but no reports of injuries." According to the CPSC, the products "have been manufactured in the United States since 2002." Stihl customers are advised to "immediately stop using" the tools and bring them to a Stihl site for repairs at no cost.

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