Harbor Freight Recalling Jack Stands That Could Collapse During Use

Harbor Freight

If you own the jack stands above, stop using them. Harbor Freight has issued a recall and “do not use” alert on 454,000 jack stands due to a manufacturing issue that may lead to them collapsing on users.

The Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton and 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands are the affected products. They may disengage from the lifting post if the weight shifts, allowing the post to drop.

In the statement from the company:

“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.”

Harbor Freight reports it learned of the issue in the China-made product in January and the default is likely due to the machine tooling used to make the stands having become worn out over time.

Harbor Freight believes that only the most recently produced stands are affected but is recalling all 454,000 that were manufactured between June 13, 2013, and Nov. 22, 2019.

It has not been reported if there are any injuries in relation to the issue. The company said it has begun a review of all of the jack stands it sells. Owners of the products can return them to Harbor Freight in exchange for a store gift card of their full price.