Advisory: STIHL Chainsaws Recalled Due to Safety Risk

March 6, 2012 - As a service to Building Trades members who may have purchased a STIHL chainsaw during 2011, we are posting this announcement about the recall of the saws due to a safety hazard.  If you have one of these saws, please follow these instructions. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of MS 391 Chain Saws.  The flywheel on the saw can crack, causing parts of the flywheel to separate and potentially strike and injure users and bystanders.  This recall involves about 3,000 STIHL MS 391 gas-powered chain saws with an orange top casing, gray base and black front handle and hand guard.  "STIHL" and "MS 391" are printed in an orange circle on the starter side of the unit.  The serial number is located on the crankcase to the right of the muffler when viewed from the rear of the saw. Serial numbers included in the recall are:

  • 28535 1759 through 28535 1956
  • 28664 5278 through 28664 6277
  • 28665 1283 through 28665 5577
  • 28724 4317 through 28724 4480
  • 28735 3627 through 28735 3647

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chain saws and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for the installation of a free replacement flywheel.  It is illegal to attempt to resell a recalled product.

For additional information, consumers should contact STIHL at (800) 610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at  Consumers also can email the firm at [email protected]




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