STIHL Inc. Recalls Chain Saws Due to Laceration Hazard

The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator.

Recall date: December 23, 2010
Recall number: 11-080

Recall Summary

Name of product:

STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version)


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.

Consumer Contact:

For additional 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

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Recall Details


About 5,000


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.


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


Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair.

Sold at

Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from February 2004 through August 2009 for about $640.


STIHL Incorporated of Virginia Beach, Va.

Manufactured in

United States