Harbor Freight announced today another recall involving its Pittsburgh-brand jack stands. In a letter from Harbor Freight Owner and Founder, Eric Smidt, and posted to the company’s social media accounts, Smidt said they are recalling the three-ton jack stands (SKU 56373) that replaced the previously recalled three- and six-ton jack stands.
The jack stands recalled before on March 20, 2020, and May 3, 2020, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had the SKUs 56371, 61196, and 61197 (click here for more info). Harbor Freight recalled them because of the “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.”
In Smidt’s letter, he said a “small number” of the newly recalled jack stands have a welding defect. He added that the company inspected its entire line of the Pittsburgh jack stands and did not find defects among the other SKUs.
However, if you want to return Pittsburgh jack stands currently sold by Harbor Freight and are not recalled, you can receive a full cash refund or store credit. Receipt is not required. For refund information, click here.
The jack stands are not the only active Harbor Freight recall. The company has several, which you can find here. Products include items such as flashlights, propane torches, fire extinguishers, trailer tires, trailer lights, and cordless drills.
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