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Stihl Recalls MS 361C Chainsaws

Stihl Recalls MS 361C Chainsaws

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stihl, announced a voluntary recall of their MS 361C chain saw (C-Q version). The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain. This can pose a risk of a laceration injury to the user or a bystander. STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking, but thankfully no injuries have been reported.


The saws were sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640. Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. As with any recalled product, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version)

Units: About 5,000

Manufacturer: STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain. This can pose a risk of a laceration injury to the user or a bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled chain saws have a rear-handle activated chain brake (C-Q version) and have an orange top casing, gray base, black handle and “STIHL MS 361C” printed in an orange circle on the side of the unit.

Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.

Manufactured in: United States


For additional information, contact STIHL at (800) 610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit STIHL’s website at www.stihlusa.com

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