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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Harbor Freight Jack Stand Can Collapse While Under Loads
September 20, 2020 - A Harbor Freight jack stand lawsuit alleges 1.7 million stands in the U.S. were sold with defects that made the jack stands too dangerous to use.
The jack stand class action lawsuit includes all consumers nationwide who purchased Harbor Freight jack stands with item numbers 56371, 611196 or 61197. The lawsuit follows a Pittsburgh automotive jack stand recall of 3-ton and 6-ton heavy duty steel jack stands sold by Harbor Freight.
According to the lawsuit, every jack stand has manufacturing defects which cause the ratchet teeth on the jack stand lifting extension post to inconsistently engage the pawl deep enough. In addition, the 3-ton jack stands allegedly have inconsistent location indexing of the pawl armature holes.
Georgia plaintiff Markeith Mitchell purchased the 6-ton stands and used them a few times but allegedly experienced slip on the ratcheting mechanism while lifting his truck. While he had safety mechanisms in place to catch the vehicle before it slammed into the ground, he stopped using the jack stands because he felt they were dangerous.
Mitchell says he tried to return the jack stands to the Harbor Freight store but was told they were no longer under warranty and couldn’t be returned. The plaintiff alleges he received no value from the stands, and he tossed them out because they were too dangerous to use.
The class action lawsuit says the sales of the jack stands were negligent because the stands were “unmerchantable” and unfit for their intended purposes. The jack stands were also allegedly unreasonably dangerous and caused damage to all buyers because the “jack stands were worthless in the condition they were purchased.”
The Harbor Freight jack stand lawsuit brings claims for breach of warranty, negligence, and product liability.
A Harbor Freight jack stand recall was issued due to a product defect that could put users at risk of injury or property damage. As a result, a Harbor Freight jack stand lawsuit has been filed on behalf of individuals who have suffered an injury or property damage due to a malfunctioning or defective jack stand. If you or a loved one used one of these jack stands and subsequently were injured or suffered property damage, you may be eligible to file a Harbor Freight jack stand lawsuit.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Harbor Freight Tools recalled more than 1.7 million Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands that were sold in its stores. The agency warned that three models of the company’s 3-ton and 6-ton steel jack stands— item numbers 56371, 61196, and 61197 — have the potential to collapse under load and cause serious injury. If you or a family member suffered from injuries or death because of faulty Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands, you deserve representation and compensation for your suffering. Read on to learn more about your potential Harbor Freight Jack Stand lawsuit.
The NHTSA announced the recall of Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands on May 28, 2020. WFMZ News reported:
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that Harbor Freight is recalling more than 1.7 million three-ton and six-ton steel jack stands.
The agency said the jack manufacturer has reported six injury claims from use or assembly of the six-ton stands and five claims from using the three-ton stands. The injuries were not life-threatening, the agency said.
Harbor Freight will give buyers a gift card equal to the purchase shelf price of the stands, according to agency documents. “
According to an NHTSA press release, the jack stands have the potential to collapse under load, which can increase risks of injury for people who are near or under a lifted vehicle. The original manufacturer of the jack stands, Jiaxing Golden Roc Tools Company, determined that the products were defective because of aged production tooling. Consumers have reported injuries while using the Harbor Freight jack stands.
Harbor Freight issued its own safety recall warning in cooperation with the NHTSA. The warning stated:
“For certain units of the Pittsburgh Automotive 3-Ton and 6-Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands there is a potential, while under load and with a shift in weight, for the pawl to disengage from the extension lifting post, allowing the stand to drop suddenly. This condition could cause serious injury for people near or under a lifted vehicle, and/or damage to property”
Harbor Freight noted that the recall only concerns items # 56371, 61196, and 61197. The company said that following the lifting of “shelter at home orders,” customers should bring their recalled jack stands to their local Harbor Freight store. The company is offering Harbor Freight Tools gift cards equal to the retail price of the recalled jack stands. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Recalled Harbor Freight Jack Stands
The NHTSA recall only applies to certain units of the Pittsburgh Automotive 3-ton and 6-ton heavy duty steel jack stands sold at Harbor Freight. The recall concerns items # 56371, 61196, and 61197.
The 56371 Pittsburgh Automotive 3-ton jack stands can be identified by looking at the item number found on the label at the top of the stands.
The 61196 Pittsburgh Automotive 3-ton heavy duty jack stands can be identified by looking at the item number found on the yellow part of the label at the base of the stands.
The 61197 Pittsburgh Automotive 6-ton heavy duty jack stands can be identified by looking at the item number found on the yellow part of the label at the base of the stands.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned that the Pittsburgh Automotive Jack Stands, items # 56371, 61196, and 61197, are defective. The agency noted that the jack stands could collapse under load. This can cause serious injury for people who are near or under a lifted vehicle.
Harbor Freight asks all customers to return defective stands. The company noted that there is potential for the stands “while under load and with a shift in weight, for the pawl to disengage from the extension lifting post, allowing the stand to drop suddenly.” The defect has already caused injures.
The Pittsburgh Automotive Jack Stands, items # 56371, 61196, and 61197, sold at Harbor Freight Tools present numerous risks and potential for injuries. The company and NHTSA ask that owners of these jack stands discontinue use due to safety risks. According to the jack manufacturer, there have been six injury claims associated with the six-ton stands and five claims from the three-ton stands (as of May 2020). The NHTSA said that the reported injuries were not life threatening.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective Pittsburgh Automotive Jack Stand, you don’t have to handle your legal and financial battles alone. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer and filing a Harbor Freight Jack Stand Lawsuit will help ensure that you receive proper compensation for you and your family’s suffering and damages. Before taking action, make sure you are familiar with the proper steps in filing a civil lawsuit.
The first step of a Harbor Freight Jack Stand Lawsuit is to mitigate any injuries as soon as possible. Mitigation involves seeking proper medical expert care, advice, and treatment. This is essential both for your / your family member’s health and for the strength of your potential Pittsburgh Automotive Jack Stand lawsuit. Next, gather evidence including any relevant bills, documents, records, and photos. After mitigating injuries and gathering evidence, you should seek out legal guidance and hire an experienced personal injury attorney. It is also best to learn more about the steps of the civil litigation process and your state’s statute of limitations.
TorHoerman Law handles Harbor Freight Jack Stand recall lawsuits. Our team of personal injury lawyers is experienced and successful in defective product, personal injury, and product liability law. We will work with you and your family to navigate the legal system to build the best Harbor Freight Jack Stand recall case possible.
Our law firm offers zero-obligation, free case evaluations for all potential clients. We work on contingency fees, meaning we don’t charge our clients until they earn compensation for their damages. Contact a personal injury lawyer at TorHoerman Law today to learn more about your potential Harbor Freight Jack Stand settlement.
July 7, 2020 - Harbor Freight Company founder Eric Smidt announced the company had discovered a new welding defect in its three-ton jack stands significant enough to warrant a voluntary safety recall. These jack stands that are subject to the latest recall were supposed to be the safe alternatives to the faulty, previously recalled jack stands.
In May, Harbor Freight issued a recall of 454,000 jack stands manufactured between 2013 and 2019 over fears that the products could collapse and cause serious injury or death.
Nearly two months after the original recall, it became clear that a new problem was present and that it affected even more jack stands sold by Harbor Freight.
Harbor Freight said that it had “identified a welding defect” in some of its three-ton Pittsburgh-branded jack stands and have since added the units to its recall. Engineers also investigated other jack stands that it sells and were not able to identify any defects, however as a precautionary measure, the retailer is offering to exchange any of its jack stands for customers who have safety concerns.
Customers should check the item number on their jack stands and use the Harbor Freight website to verify that their product is included on the recall.
Depending on the specific model, customers can exchange the units for a cash refund between $24.99 and $11.99, or store credit of $29.99 and $143.99.
June 12, 2020 - Harbor Freight jack stands were subject to a massive recall earlier in the year. The recall applied to a total of 454,000 jack stands made between 2013 and 2019. Unfortunately, the replacements for these products may be defective as well.
Mike Galli was using the replacements he got for his recalled Harbor Freight jack stands to do some maintenance work on his Volkswagen Golf. When the full weight of the car was lowered onto the stands, he heard a loud pop from one of the bases of the jack stands splitting apart.
“Not too sure how a three-ton jack stand can’t handle the weight of a Volkswagen Golf,” Galli said. “It was the first time using them as well after having swapped the previous recalled ones out.”
The stand failed right at the weld holding the metal that was used for the base together. A couple of commenters on a social media post mentioned having similar issues as seen from Galli’s photos.
Harbor Freight is investigating the current issue with the replacement jack stands. The company issued the following statement:
“At Harbor Freight, the safety and well-being of our customers is of primary importance, as is the quality of our products. We take these matters very seriously and have already reached out to the customer to gather more information so that we may investigate this issue in depth.”
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Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196_61197.Pdf, Harbor Freight Tools, images.harborfreight.com/hftweb/recalls/Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196_61197.pdf.
Nhtsa. “Consumer Advisory: Warning to Harbor Freight Jack Stand Users.” NHTSA, NHTSA, 29 May 2020, www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/consumer-advisory-harbor-freight-jack-stands.
Schrader, S. (2020, June 12). Harbor Freight Customer's Replacement Jack Stands Immediately Failed Too. Retrieved July 01, 2020, from https://www.thedrive.com/news/34038/harbor-freight-customers-replacement-jack-stands-immediately-failed-too
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Last Modified: October 1st, 2020 @ 12:17 pm
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Harbor Freight Tools recalled more than 1.7 million Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands that were sold in its stores. The NHTSA noted that the jack stands could collapse under load. This can cause serious injury for people who are near or under a lifted vehicle. The agency said the jack manufacturer has reported six injury claims from use or assembly of the six-ton stands and five claims from using the three-ton stands. Additional claims are expected to be filed. A Harbor Freight Jack Stand lawsuit is being filed on behalf of individuals who suffered injury or property damage due to the defect.
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