PSA: Check Those Jack Stands
If your vehicle spends any time — or will spend any time — suspended on jack stands bought from Harbor Freight, heed this warning: those stands might not suspend anything.
The company has issued recalls on its 3-ton and 6-ton jack stands, sold under the Pittsburgh name, out of fear they could collapse suddenly.
Carrying item numbers 56371, 61196, and 61197, the seen-everywhere jack stands first showed up in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documentation back in March (6-ton) and earlier in May (3-ton). The affected products go back way further, however.
The beefier of the two stands under recall was produced from 2013 to 2019, while the 3-ton model saw production for the past eight years, starting in 2012. The units affected number into the millions.
“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,” Harbor Freight said in its warning. “This condition could cause serious injury for people near or under a lifted vehicle, and/or damage to property.”
It might be worth taking a trip to the garage and looking at those item numbers. Pass word along to your friends, too. If your jacks prove suspect, Harbor Freight will accept their return at any of its (opened) local stores. You’ll be handed a gift card that’s equivalent to the original purchase price.
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