Meyers & Flowers warns mechanics about a deadly defect as Harbor Freight recalls 1.7 Million Pittsburg Heavy Duty Jack Stands
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Harbor Freight notified the agency it has issued recalls for an estimated 1.7-million six-ton and three-ton Pittsburg Automotive Heavy Duty Jack Stands. It was found that the stands have a dangerous, potentially fatal defect; the jacks could collapse during use, severely injuring those working under or around the car or truck.
Sets of these recalled jack stands have been sold by Harbor Freight for the past eight years and could be in hundreds of thousands of home or commercial garages across the U.S. Mechanics use these jack stands to ensure they can safely and securely lift vehicles while making any number of repairs, not realizing that a simple bump or knock can cause the stand to disengage and fall.
According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Reports 20E-016 and 20E-027:
“For certain units, the rachet teeth on the jack stands lifting extension post may inconsistently engage the pawl to a sufficient depth…Under load, with a potential shift in weight, on certain units the jack stand pawl may disengage from extension lifting post, allowing the stand to drop suddenly, with potential to injure people near or under a lifted vehicle.”
Harbor Freight recalled the jack stands on March 20, 2020, and May 3, 2020. The recall by the NHTSA involved the following brand and models:
- Pittsburgh Automotive 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands Part No.: 61197 (manufactured between June 2012 through November 2019) and 61196 (manufactured between December 2012 through December 2019)
- Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands Part No.: 56731 (manufactured between January 2020 through March 2020)
If you or a family member have been injured by a defective Harbor Freight Pittsburg Automotive Heavy Duty Jack Stand, contact Meyers & Flowers. Our litigation team is prepared to answer your questions and help you explore your legal options. Contact us at email@example.com or 877-221-2511 for more information.