Consumer Advisory: Dangerous Jack Stands
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a consumer advisory press release about 1.7 million recalled jack stands. According to the NHTSA, Harbor Freight Tools is recalling Pittsburgh Automotive Three-Ton and Six-Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands. Under normal use, these jack stands can collapse under a load. This leads to a serious risk of injury to people under or near a lifted vehicle.
What To Do If You Have a Defective Harbor Freight Jack Stand
If you have one or more of these jack stands, you need to discontinue use immediately. At this time, injuries have been reported. Consumers will be able to get full refunds upon request. There are currently two separate recalls for these jack stands. The first recall involves about 454,000 units that were made between June of 2013 and November of 2019. The second recall involves an estimated 1,254,000 units that were made between December of 2012 and March of 2020.
Identifying Your Defective Jack Stand
The defect associated with these jack stands is apparently caused by the aging of the production tooling. If these jack stands fail while users are underneath or near vehicles, they could become seriously injured or worse. If you’re not sure if you have one of these jack stands, you can check the item number found on the label on the base of the stand. If the numbers are 61196, 61197 or 56371, you have one of the defective jacks. Stop using it immediately.
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