The NHTSA announced the recall of Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands on May 28, 2020.
“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 the 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.
Why Were Harbor Freight Jack Stands Recalled?
According to an NHTSA press release, the jack stands have the potential to collapse under load, which can increase the risk 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 Pittsburgh Automotive Recall
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
Which Harbor Freight Jack Stands Were Recalled?
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.
Harbor Freight Item #56371
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.
Harbor Freight Item #61196,
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.
Harbor Freight Item #61197
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.