Chain saw safety issue recall

On January 10, 2011 Health Canada had to recall certain STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version).

This recall involves chain saws that have a rear-handle activated chain brake with the model number MS361C-Q (C-Q version) and have an orange top casing, gray base and black handle. The chain saws can be identified by "STIHL MS 361C" printed in an orange circle on the side of the unit.

What is the danger?

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 to the user or a bystander.

STIHL Limited has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking in the United States. However, no injuries have been reported.

At time of the recall neither STIHL Limited nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of these chain saws.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using these chain saws and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair.

For more information, you may contact STIHL Limited at 1-519-681-3000 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the STIHL website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 340 of the recalled chain saws were sold exclusively by STIHL authorized dealers in Canada. These recalled products were sold from February 2004 to December 2010.

The unsafe chainsaws were manufactured in United States by STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Virginia.