Consumer product recall

STIHL Limited recalls STIHL MSA 161 T Battery Operated Arborist Chain Saw

Starting date:
November 5, 2018
Posting date:
November 5, 2018
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Laceration Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

STIHL MSA 161 T Battery Operated Arborist Chain Saw

Product description

This recall involves cordless battery operated chain saws with a white casing, orange and white sides, and a black top handle with an orange trigger. "STIHL MSA 161T" is printed on the orange side. The serial number can be found on a label inside the battery compartment and ranges from 438089138 to 439360915.

Hazard identified

The side inter-lock button may stick when gripping the machine, which could cause the throttle trigger to remain depressed and the chain to continue to run even after releasing the throttle trigger. This can pose a risk of laceration to the user or bystander.

As of October 12, 2018, STIHL Limited has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of these chain saws.

Number sold

Approximately 93 units of the affected products were sold exclusively to STIHL authorized dealers in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from August to October 2018.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Austria.



STIHL Tirol GmbH




STIHL Limited




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using these chain saws and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a full refund.

For more information, consumers may visit the STIHL Limited website or contact the company's customer service by telephone toll-free in English at 1-800-363-4943 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm EST, or in French at 1-800-463-5244 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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.