Earlier this year, media outlets,  put out a warning  about Harbor Freight jack stands that could collapse under the weight of vehicles they’re designed to suspend with ease. The company issued an urgent recall (see above) for two popular models, claiming that owners could exchange the stands at their point of purchase for a new set.

One Harbor Freight customer did just that, only to have a new 3-ton stand meet its match in the form of a Volkswagen Golf.

That story comes by way of  The Drive , which contacted Mike Galli after he posted photos to 1320Video.com’s  page[/URL] . A vertical weld on the base of one of the stands split apart as soon as the Golf’s not-so-hefty bulk was lowered onto it, Galli claims.

“Not too sure how a three-ton jack stand can’t handle the weight of a Volkswagen Golf,” he told The Drive “It was the first time using them as well after having swapped the previous recalled ones out.”

Given the loud noise emitted when the stand split, Galli noticed the problem immediately and the drama ended there. He’s not aware of anyone else having this problem. Indeed, neither is Harbor Freight, a once-reputable name in the world of jack stands, among many other items made for the do-it-yourselfer.

The earlier recall concerned 3- and 6-ton jack stands (item numbers 56371, 61196, and 6119) built from 2012 and 2013 onwards, respectively, and sold under the Pittsburgh name. Harbor Freight said the problem concerned “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.”

That’s not what happened with this replacement stand, begging the question — how widespread is this particular issue?

Harbor Freight claims it has contacted Galli for info and plans to investigate the issue “in depth.”

In the meantime, you might want to think twice about using Harbor Freight’s jacks, even if they’re brand new replacements for the recalled lot. The always helpful Bozi has some suggestions:

On the inexpensive end of the price range, I've actually been fairly impressed with the house brand jack stands at Auto Zone and NAPA. They usually run around $65 to $70 per set for the 4 ton versions and are fairly well built. pic.twitter.com/7cyK8kRyOx
— Bozi Tatarevic (@hoonable)
12, 2020[/URL]

a version of this post originally appeared on TTAC