Harbor Freight is recalling 454,000 jack stands because they pose a safety risk and advises consumers to stop using them immediately.
According to the recall notice posted on the retailer’s website, with some 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.”
The sudden drop could “cause serious injury for people near or under a lifted vehicle, and/or damage to property,” the notice states.
The recall is only for stands with item numbers 61196, 61197 and 56371.
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The item numbers for the 6 ton stands are on the yellow part of the label on the base of each stand, according to the notice. For the 3 ton stand, the item number is on the label on the top of the stand.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety recall report, the stands were produced between June 2013 and November 2019.
Harbor Freight is giving consumers who have these stands a store gift card equal to the retail price at the time the stands were purchased. The recall notice notes consumers should bring in affected stands to stores after “the lifting of any applicable ‘Shelter At Home Orders.'”
For questions about the recall, email email@example.com.
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