PhotoSTIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is recalling about 156,000 gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors in the U.S. and Canada.


The gasoline tank vent can become dislodged due to incorrect factory installation and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.


The company has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.


This recall involves STIHL edgers with model number FC 56 C, trimmer/brushcutters with model numbers FS 40 C, FS 50 C, FS 56 C and FS 56 RC, pole pruners with model number HT 56 C and KombiMotors with model number KM 56 RC. The model number is located on the starter cover at the rear of the engine. The engine size is about 28 cc.


The products are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover. The serial number range for all of the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine.


The equipment, manufactured in the U.S., was sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from November 2014, through September 2015, for between $200 and $400.


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and repair.


Consumers may contact STIHL at 800-610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at or online at



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