The Harbor Freight jack stands that we've all bought, borrowed or seen in our friends' garages are being recalled due to a risk of collapsing under load. Go check yours immediately.
In a recall filed with the NHTSA on March 20 of this year, Harbor Freight explains that certain 3-ton and 6-ton jack stands have the potential to disengage their support pawl under shifting weight, causing the stand to drop suddenly. The defect is attributed to aging tooling at the factory that produced the jack stands.
The recall document says that the problem could affect more than 450,000 jack stands produced between 2013 and 2019. These jack stands were sold under the Pittsburg brand name, and can be identified by item numbers 56371 on 3-ton models, and 61196 or 61197 on 6-ton models.
Harbor Freight urges anybody in possession of affected jack stands to return them to the store in exchange for a gift card equal to the price of the stands. Any unsold jack stands covered by the recall have been removed from stores. Check on your buddies and spread the word around—these jack stands are ubiquitous, and a failure like this could be fatal.
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