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Recall: Stihl chain saws—Flywheel can crack, posing injury risk

Consumer Reports News: February 14, 2012 05:13 PM

Stihl, of Virginia Beach, Va. has recalled about 3,000 of its MS 391 Chain Saws because the flywheel on the chain saw can crack causing parts to separate and strike users or bystanders, posing a risk of injury, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported today.

No incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with this recall.

The recall involves 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 chain saw. 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


Manufactured in the U.S., the recalled chain saws were sold for $530 to $550 at Stihl dealers nationwide from March through July 2011.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chain saws and return them to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free installation of a replacement flywheel.

For more information, call Stihl at 800-610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit, or email

STIHL Recalls Chain Saws Due to Risk of Injury [CPSC]

Maggie Shader

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