2.3 million Stihl gas-powered lawn tools recalled

@CNNMoney May 25, 2011: 8:03 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the power tool manufacturer Stihl Inc. is recalling 2.3 million gas-powered lawn tools because of potential burn hazards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that consumers should immediately stop using certain Stihl power lawn tools because of the risk of flaming fuel spills.

Stihl said the recall applies to various lawn machines with the "toolless" fuel cap, which does not require the use of tools to open and close.

"The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the fuel toolless fuel cap, allowing the fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard," the CPSC said in a statement.

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The recall applies to certain backpack leaf blowers, extended reach hedge trimmers, pole pruners, edgers, trimmers, brushcutters, clearing saws and KombiEngines.A full list is available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11226.html.

Stihl said it has received 81 reports "of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage," but no reports of injuries.

The recalled power tools have been manufactured in the United States since 2002, the CPSC said. The agency said that consumers should bring the tools in question to a Stihl dealership for free repair. To top of page

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