MSA 161 T Recall

Dear STIHL customer,

This letter is to notify you of a potential issue with the MSA 161 T that you purchased. All machines with a serial number starting at 438089138 up to and including 439360915 are affected.

What is the issue?

When gripping the machine, it is possible for the side inter-lock button to stick, thus allowing the throttle trigger to remain depressed. The consequence of this malfunction is that the chain may continue to run even after releasing the throttle trigger. In such an occurrence, there is a risk of injury.

What should you do?

Please stop using the MSA 161 T immediately.​ Unfortunately a repair is not possible, therefore, we ask you to return the machine, cutting attachments, battery and charger to the STIHL dealership where the unit was purchased immediately, so that we can refund the purchase price. Please note that a refund of the purchase price is only available through the purchasing dealership.

We apologize for any inconvenience this product recall may cause you. Thank you for your attention and cooperation in this matter.



Chad Dubois, National Technical Manager

STIHL Limited