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Stihl Inc., based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), has recalled 2.3 million gas-powered lawn tools due to the risk of fuel spills catching fire and causing burns, according to allheadlinesnews.com.

The defective Stihl products include the gas-powered Stihl trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that have a toolless fuel cap.

The problem is that ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap that allows fuel to spill cause fire and burn risks, according to WAVY.com.

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported, but there have been reports of fuel spillage.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that consumers who purchased these defective Stihl products should stop using them and return the product immediately to a Stihl dealer for a refund.

It’s a good thing that this recall occurred before any injuries were suffered. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. In fact, a major recall usually doesn’t occur until multiple consumers have suffered serious injuries or been killed due to the defect.

For example, our firm has represented a client who suffered a serious injury due to a stepladder defect. Fortunately, we were able to secure a sizable settlement so our client could cover his lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses.

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About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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