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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2005
Release # 05-105
Stihl Recall Hotline: (800) 610-6677
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Stihl Inc. Announce Recall of Multi-Task Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: KombiSystem Multi-Task Tool

Units: About 45,000

Manufacturer: Stihl Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: An internal clip may become dislodged and as a result, the clutch shoes could be projected from the clutch housing and strike consumers, posing the risk of injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Stihl has received no reports of incidents.

Description: The recalled product is a KombiSystem Multi-Task Tool powerhead, Models KM55, KM55R, KM55RC, FS55T or FS55RT. The recalled models, which have "Stihl" printed on the engine head, have serial numbers lower than 263868001 which can be found on the engine head. The product is a powerhead that can be fitted with attachments for a variety of tasks, including edging, trimming and sweeping.

Sold at: Authorized Stihl dealers for between $180 and $210. The FS models were sold between October 2001 and October 2002 and the KM models were sold between September 2002 and October 2004.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this multi-task tool immediately and return it to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Call Stihl Inc. at (800) 610-6677 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET or visit Stihl's Web site at http://www.stihlusa.com/recalls/recall_kombi.html

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