January 14, 2011 - STIHL Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 chainsaws because they pose a laceration hazard because of a defect.
This recall involves the C-Q version of STIHL MS 361C chainsaws. The problem lies in the throttle trigger, which might stick after you release it. Consequently, the engine might not stop running and this could cause bodily injury to the chainsaw operator, as well as any bystanders.
As of Dec. 23, 2010, STIHL had documented 3 reports of the trigger sticking. However, there had been no reports of injuries as of that date.
The chainsaws in question have a chain brake that is activated by a rear handle. The top casing is orange, the base is gray and the handle is black. On the tool's side you'll find "STIHL MS 361C."
Manufactured in the United States, the chainsaws were sold at STIHL dealers across the country from February 2004 to August 2009. The retail price was about $640.
Consumers are advised to stop using the chainsaws immediately, unless instructed otherwise. If you own this chainsaw, you should return it to any authorized STIHL dealer to have it repaired for free. For more information, call STIHL at 1-800-610-6677.
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