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Chainsaws just got more dangerous: thousands rrrrrrrrrrrrecalled

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Simply because the existing flywheel might possibly break apart and send parts flying into users and bystanders, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Inc., announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of STIHL MS 391 gas-powered chain saws.

At this time, no incidents or injuries have been reported, however, consumers are directed to immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for installation of a free replacement flywheel.

This recall involves about 3000 units 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 unit, and 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

The products in question were manufactured in the United States and sold nationwide at authorized STIHL dealers from March 2011 through July 2011 for between $530 and $550. Notes the advisory, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Incident/injury reports relating to this recall, or that involve a different hazard related to this product, should be submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at

Additional information is available by contacting STIHL at (800) 610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Or visit their website. Or send them a Valentine email at