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Consumer product recall

STIHL Limited recalls certain pole pruners, trimmers, brushcutters and KombiMotors

Starting date:
November 12, 2015
Posting date:
November 12, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and STIHL Limited.

Affected products

Certain STIHL branded pole pruners, trimmers, brushcutters and KombiMotors

Product description

This recall involves certain STIHL branded gas powered garden tools.

The following products are included in this recall:
Product Name Model Number Serial Numbers
Pole Pruner HT 56 C 501830112 to 504083576
Trimmer FS 40 C 501830112 to 504083576
Trimmer FS 50 C 501830112 to 504083576
Brushcutter FS 56 C 501830112 to 504083576
Brushcutter FS 56 RC 501830112 to 504083576
KombiMotor KM 56 RC 501830112 to 504083576

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 grey and orange with "STIHL" on the engine cover. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine.

Hazard identified

The fuel tank’s vent may come loose or separate into its two component pieces, resulting in the leaking of fuel from the vent or opening, posing a fire hazard.

Neither STIHL Limited nor Health Canada has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.

In the United States, Stihl Inc. has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking.  No fires or injuries have been reported.

Number sold

Approximately 16,000 units of the recalled products were sold in Canada and approximately 140,000 units were sold in the United States, including an edger that was not sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2015 to September 2015 in Canada and from November 2014 to September 2015 in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.



STIHL Incorporated

Virginia Beach




STIHL Limited




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact a STIHL dealer to make arrangements for an inspection and, if necessary, tank vent replacement, at no cost to the consumer.

For more information, consumers may contact STIHL Limited’s Technical Department toll-free at 1-888-299-2939, from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET or by email.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.