WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Landscape maintenance equipment company STIHL is voluntarily recalling due to fire and burn hazards 2.3 million of its gas powered products that use a toolless fuel cap, the government said on Wednesday.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a joint statement that ethanol and other fuel additives used in STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill and posing a fire and burn hazard.
There have been 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. However, none of those incidents involved injury, the CPSC said.
The recall includes several products and models sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650.
Consumers should stop using the products and return them for a free repair, the CPSC said.
(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)