Got this email today, passing it along. It’s been said this recall is likely due more to user error rather than an actual defect, but FYI:
May 19, 2020
NHTSA Campaign I.D. Numbers: 20E-016 and 20E-027
Dear Sir or Madam,
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Harbor Freight Tools ("HFT") has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety may exist in certain Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands (models 61196 or 56371) and 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands (model 61197). Our records reflect that you purchased at least one of these pairs of Jack Stands.
What is the Condition?
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. As a precautionary measure, we request that you discontinue use of the jack stand(s) identified below immediately.
Jack Stands included in this recall campaign include:
61196 - Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack StandJanuary 2013 to March 2020
56371 - Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack StandMarch 2020 to April 2020
61197 - Pittsburgh Automotive 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack StandJune 2013 to March 2020
No other Item Numbers are involved in this recall.
The 61196 and 61197 jack stands can be identified by checking the item number found on the yellow part of the label on the base of each jack stand.
The 56371 jack stands can be identified by checking the item number found on the label on the top of each jack stand.
What will Harbor Freight Tools do?
To all customers who participate in the Recall by returning their pairs of 3 Ton or 6 Ton Jack Stands item numbers 56371, 61196, and/or 61197, Harbor Freight Tools will provide a gift card equal to the retail price of the jack stands you originally purchased. Along with providing the gift card equal to the retail price of the jack stands you originally purchased, Harbor Freight Tools is providing a 20% one-time use coupon; see bottom of this notification. This coupon may be used toward the purchase of new jack stands, or toward the purchase of any other item in the store not subject to the coupon limitations. To use, customers must hand the coupon to the store cashier to scan.
What should you do?
Following the lifting of any applicable "Shelter At Home Orders", please bring your 3 Ton and/or 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands, item numbers 56371, 61196, or 61197, to your local Harbor Freight Tools store to receive a Harbor Freight Tools gift card equal to the retail price of the jack stands you originally purchased (plus applicable tax). You do NOT need to provide a receipt; you only need to return your pair of Jack Stands. Directions to your nearest Harbor Freight Tools store can be found on our website at www.harborfreight.com.
Harbor Freight Tools