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Harbor Freight Recalls the Jack Stands Meant to Replace the Recalled Jack Stands
If you own any Pittsburgh brand 3-ton, 6-ton or 12-ton jack stands, you can return them for a refund, even if they're not specifically recalled.

Back in May, we wrote about a selection of Pittsburgh brand three- and six-ton jack stands recalled by Harbor Freight because of a manufacturing defect that could cause them to collapse under load, potentially causing injury or death. Customers were asked to return the stands in exchange for a gift card, and affected units were pulled from shelves. Now, Harbor Freight has had to announce a second recall, covering the new jack stands that many folks purchased to replace those covered by the initial recall.

In a customer email sent today by Harbor Freight owner and founder Eric Smidt, the company revealed that a "small number" of the replacement Pittsburgh three-ton jacks stands suffer from a welding defect, and, like the original batch, could fail while supporting a vehicle. (The initial recall from May had to do with insufficient ratchet tooth engagement, attributed to excess wear in the dies used to manufacture the stands). Smidt says the welding defect wasn't discovered in the initial investigation, and the affected model (SKU 56373) has since been added to the list of recalled stands.

See the full letter from Harbor Freight owner and founder Eric Smidt below.

Smidt says the company has taken the time to investigate all of the other three- , six- and 12-ton Pittsburgh jack stands it currently sells, and hasn't found any further defects. However, if you own any of these Pittsburgh jack stands and no longer feel comfortable using them, the company will take them back in exchange for a refund or store credit—even though they aren't covered by the recall and have not been found to be defective. A full list of the Harbor Freight jack stand models eligible for a refund can be found here.

"I want to apologize to all of our customers," Smidt said in his email to customers. "While we've dramatically grown our team of engineers and inspectors, and intensified our tests and inspections, I assure you that the lessons learned from this will drive further improvement."


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The weird stuff is that I have some stuff from Harbor Freight 20+ years ago that was built very well and still in use...

I have one of the first Alum jacks and a cordless impact gun from 15-16 years ago still going strong.
 

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The weird stuff is that I have some stuff from Harbor Freight 20+ years ago that was built very well and still in use...

I have one of the first Alum jacks and a cordless impact gun from 15-16 years ago still going strong.
I agree! I daily use 15yo alum jack as well. 4T porta power, on sale bottle jacks and $10 purple HVAC gun can't be beat. That 4T pota power has paid for it's self 10x over. Yet some tools are fail from the get go. Rolling seat welds broke one month out of warranty with not fun fall resulting. Over the past couple of years they've introduced new lines and even a professional line that takes away the allure of inexpensive tools.
 

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Yup, same here... Have some HF stuff for years, also had Snap-On stuff fail on me. Just broke a $70 pair of Snap-On side cutters.

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Took mine back yesterday and they did not have any questions for me, just handed me a gift card worth $32.09. They will give you a direct refund for $5 less. They are doing a good job of maintaining their reputation and there are other companies out there that could learn a lesson form HF. I applaud their decision to do the right thing.
 
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Fortunately still a private company. If he ever sells out its really in the toilet.
 

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I have a 1/4" small ratchet that still works great that I have had for probably 15 years. Actually might head over to harbor freight today!
 

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I will be going to HF soon to return my 4 jack towers...
 

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:giggle:One thing I have learned is that most of the time it is better to admit something is wrong and try and right it, then dance around the issue and point blame. We all make mistakes, at least I do, and move on. HF is doing a class act on this. Bravo!!
 

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:giggle:One thing I have learned is that most of the time it is better to admit something is wrong and try and right it, then dance around the issue and point blame. We all make mistakes, at least I do, and move on. HF is doing a class act on this. Bravo!!
I mean yes, but class act now or class action later were really the options. I don't see this being done out of benevolence, rather out of obligation.
 

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It’s kinda funny hearing people say that jack stands are one of the safest Harbor Freight purchases because there isn’t much to fail with a jack stand. It is a safe move for the company though to provide a 20% discount coupon when the issue spread out.
 

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Well thankfully mine don't match the part numbers, but I'm not sure it would have worked out okay anyway, as I modified the newest set I have right away. I made them fit thr aftermarket rear lift points my dad had put on Elise. Not sure the brand, but I thought they were somewhat popular, they fit right near the lower rear control arm front mounting area. The lift points are just an aluminum dowel extention aprox 1in dia. This fits right in my jack stand head.
 

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