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STIHL recalls 156k Trimmers, Edgers, Brushcutters, Pole Pruners and KombiMotors Due to Fire Hazard

Recalled Product:

STIHL gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors



The gas tank vent becomes dislocated due to an incorrect factory installation. This will caused fuel to leak out of the gas tank posing a risk for a possible fire.


How To Fix:

The effect STIHL products could immediately taken to an authorized dealer where they’ll be inspected and repaired free of charge to the consumer. STIHL urge’s consumers to immediately stop using effected products for their safety.


Consumer Contact:

-Call STIHL Inc. at 1-800-610-6677 between 8 am and 8 pm eastern time Monday thru Friday
-Email then at
-Visit the recall section of their website:



Made in the USA by STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Virginia



The recall for these STIHL products are as follows: STIHL Edgers with model number FC 56 C. STIHL Trimmer/Brushcutters with model numbers FS 40 C, FS 50 C, FS 56 C and FS 56 RC. STIHL Pole Pruners with model number HT 36 C. KombiMotors with model number KM 56 RC. Model numbers are located on the starter cover at the rear of the engine. The engine size is about 28 cc. The products are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover.


STIHL Recalled product model and serial number locations

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Effected Models:

-Recalled November 12th, 2015
-140k units in United States
-16k units in Canada
-Serial number range for all of the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576.
-Serial numbers are located on the label on the bottom of the engine. 


Reported Injuries/Incidents:

To date there have been 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking out. Thankfully no fires or injuries have been reported.


Sold at:

These recalled STIHL products were sold across North American authorized dealers from November 2014 to September 2015 at a cost of $200 to $400. 

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at