(Collision Week) — According to an urgent alert issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety agency, or NHTSA. Harbor Freight Tools must recall greater than 1.7 million heavy-duty steel jack stands. The recalled jack stands were made by Pittsburgh Automotive and comes in a three-ton version as well as a six-ton version. According to Collision Week, the jack stands can collapse well shouldering a load. If the jack stand collapses and people are around the raised vehicle, those individuals could sustain catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Harbor freight and the NHTSA warn consumers that they should stop using the jack stands immediately. Collision Week noted that injuries occurred as a result of the collapsing jack stands. However, the extent of the injuries was not explained in any detail.
Harbor Freight Tools’ jack stand recall involved two separate NHTSA recall programs. In the recall numbered 20E016, 454,000 units were recalled. Those units were manufactured between June 13, 2012, and November 22, 2019. Additionally, NHTSA recall number 20E027 includes almost 1.3 million units, which were produced from December 1, 2012, until March 31, 2020.
The manufacturing company of the stands indicated that the defect which caused a potential collapse resulted from old production tooling. Any person with a Pittsburgh three-ton or six-ton heavy-duty Jack should examine the label for recalled item numbers. The three-ton jack stands are labeled 61196 and 56371. The Pittsburgh six-ton jack stands have item number 61197. Consumers should check the number found on the item label. The item labels can be found on the top of each Jack stand, or they can be found on the yellow part of a label located at the base of the stand.
Consumers who have questions should contact Harbor Freight Tools directly for additional information. The company did not say whether it will offer a refund for the recalled jack stands.
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