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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:




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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.

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Thanks for the alert.

I have similar jack stands that I have had for over 10 years now. I have read concerns about jack stands previously, a few years back. This design was not recommended but I forget what design was recommended.

So, the concern has been around for awhile.
 

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Thanks for posting,
That's just great - put that 20% off coupon on a set of cement blocks and you're all set :D
Bet there won't be a set of stands around any HFT stores...
 

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I had a pair of the recalled 3-ton stands.

I took them into HF yesterday. I was expecting to get store credit but they gave me a brand new set of 3-ton jacks.

It was a quick, simple, and pain free process.
 

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Forgot to update, but i brought in my 6-ton jacks and was also able to exchange for a new set. I’ve been to two different stores this week. Both had new stock yet, but the word seems to be spreading as the amount of recalled stands sitting by the checkouts has grown considerably. I noticed the 3-ton jack stands were down to limited numbers on the shelf recently. Staff are literally pushing carts full of returned jacks to the back each day.
 

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Forgot to update, but i brought in my 6-ton jacks and was also able to exchange for a new set. I’ve been to two different stores this week. Both had new stock yet, but the word seems to be spreading as the amount of recalled stands sitting by the checkouts has grown considerably. I noticed the 3-ton jack stands were down to limited numbers on the shelf recently. Staff are literally pushing carts full of returned jacks to the back each day.
Yes it is all over the internet.
 

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Got a couple friends that use those. Thanks for the warning. I'll let them know.

I personally prefer Torin and Black Cat jack stands. Cheap, but effective. Never really considered Harbor Freight as a place I'd buy safety equipment from. This just solidifies that.
 

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HF is a good place to buy stuff. HF notified N.H.T.S.A. about this problem, this just solidifies that.

Most car manufacturers have safety problems, like air bags, would be foolish to even think not buying a car for that reason.
 

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Depends on the severity of the issue and if it can be corrected, in regards to air bags.

I haven't heard of jack stand failures recently from anywhere else. And much of HF's products are just good enough to get the job done, which isn't reliable enough for me.
 

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Depends on the severity of the issue and if it can be corrected, in regards to air bags.

I haven't heard of jack stand failures recently from anywhere else. And much of HF's products are just good enough to get the job done, which isn't reliable enough for me.
I'll agree on that one but, they are trying to provide tools as cheap as possible, then with a lifetime warranty?

What else can you expect?
 

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It was an issue with tooling being worn to manufacture the parts. This falls on the quality control of the manufacturer failing to verify the parts met specifications before assembly/shipment to retail. It's probably a mold for the cast part got worn/broke and nobody caught it until it was too late. This is why batch numbers are used, to trace a part made during a specific period of time. Question is, how far back did the mold break? Are they making a guess?
 

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There's probably only "limited" means of identification (the stands don't have serial numbers or date codes on labels or stamps) so the date range of '13 - '20 is probably timeframe when those jacks carried the p/n they use for ID...
Yes there was probably a "batch" that had a defect, but they probably don't have a means to narrow it down to that smaller quantity.

Moral of this story should be to remember the cardinal safety rule: always inspect your tools before using them.

Good on HFT for looking out for their customers (and covering their legal behinds in the process).
 

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Yes, HFT volunteered to report the problem to NHTSA.
No wonder they reported it, all the dead customers might start a class action lawsuit. :)
 

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