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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
October 20, 1999
|Company Phone Number: (800) 467-8445 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301)
CPSC & Stihl Recall Various Weed Trimmers, Brushcutters and
Weed Trimmers, Brushcutters and Augers - Stihl Inc.,
of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 7,200 weed trimmers, 192
brushcutters and 344 augers. The trimmers, sold with both loop- and bicycle-type
handles, have model numbers FS 120 and FS 200. The brushcutters, with
bicycle-type handles, have model number FS 350. The augers have model number BT
120C, and are used to drill holes in the ground. The model numbers are located
on the top of the engines' shrouds. The serial number is stamped into the crank
case base, and can be seen by turning the unit upside down and looking at the
metal plate on the muffler side between the fuel tank and muffler shroud.
The recalled Model FS 120 units have serial numbers from:
241229059 through 241230468
241853315 through 241854114
241851265 through 241853314
The recalled Model FS
200 units have serial numbers from:
241854855 through 241855104
241854115 through 241854854
The recalled Model FS 350 units
have serial numbers from:
141615623 through 141616122
Model BT 120C units have serial numbers from:
141722570 through 141722819.
The model number and the word
"Stihl" is written on the products. Stihl dealers sold these trimmers,
brushcutters and augers from November 1998 through September 1999 for between
$400 and $700, depending on the model purchased.PROBLEM:
could leak from an unsealed seam in the fuel tank, posing a fire
Stihl is aware of one incident in
Europe of a fuel leak from a trimmer. No injuries were reported.WHAT
Stop using these products immediately, and call Stihl to determine if
your trimmer, brushcutter or auger is part of this recall. If so, consumers
should return it to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.
For more information, call Stihl at (800) 467-8445 between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET
Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
Consumers also can get more information on Stihl's web site at