STIHL Recalls 5,000 Chain Saws for Laceration Hazard

About <"">5,000 STIHL MS 361C Chain Saws (C-Q version) have been recalled by STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

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. To date, STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking. No injuries have been reported.

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

The recalled STIHL MS 361C Chain Saws were sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these chain saws immediately and to return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. STIHL can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.610.6677 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at STIHL’s website at

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