Stihl Chainsaws Pose Laceration Hazard

By WBNG News

Stihl Chainsaws Pose Laceration Hazard

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) STIHL has recalled about 5,000 of its MS 361C chain saws.

The company says its C-Q version's throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator.

That could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain.

That could increase the risk that the user or a bystander could be injured while the saw is in use.

STIHL has received three reports of the throttle trigger sticking, but no injuries have been reported.

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.

They were sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.

If you have one of these saws, stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair.

For more 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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