Harbor Freight Recalls 1.75m 3, 6 Ton Jack Stands Over Risk of Sudden Collapse

Harbor Freight has just launched a pair of recalls of jack stands at risk of collapse under load. The recall affects close to two-million stands, of six and three-ton capacities, and if you’ve got stands sitting in your garage, you need to check them before the next time you put your car on them and yourself underneath.

The recall, which was also filed with the NHTSA, affects 450,000 6 Ton and 1.3 million 3 Ton jack stands sold under the Pittsburgh Automotive brand. The part numbers affected are 56371 for the 3 Ton version and 61196 and 61197 for the 6 Ton. That number is marked on the warning label of the smaller size and on a yellow part of the larger label on the base of the heavier stands.

We all know that it’s crucial to have more support under your vehicle than just a jack when you’re working on or under it, and Harbor Freight is one of the more popular places to pick up a set of affordable stands. So check your own stash, and make sure to let your friends know.

The blame was put on the use of inconsistent product quality caused by old tooling, so to be sure they are recalling stands made as far back as 2012. The issue is that shifting weight can cause the support pawl to disengage. At that point, the stand could drop suddenly. All of the stands affected were from a single manufacturer, and the Harbor Freight NHTSA recall says they’ve looked into stands from their other manufacturers and “found that there have not been any other claims exhibiting the defect.”

Harbor Freight says to stop using these stands immediately, and that owners should return them to any Harbor Freight Tools store (after any applicable shelter at home orders have ended) for a gift card equal to the original retail price.