Replacements For Recalled Harbor Freight Axle Stands...Get Recalled Too

A welding defect has prompted another Harbor Freight axle stand recall, but this time, any three or six-tonne stands from the company can be exchanged for a refund
Replacements For Recalled Harbor Freight Axle Stands...Get Recalled Too

The Harbor Freight axle stand saga has taken another unfortunate turn. Having recalled 1.7 million Pittsburgh-branded stands earlier this year, the retailer came under the spotlight once more when one customer reported a weld failure on a replacement unit a few weeks ago. This appears to have prompted another recall, covering any stands with the part number 56373.

“I’m disappointed and embarrassed because we’ve identified a welding defect in a small number of the Pittsburgh three-ton steel jack stands that replaced the recalled jack stands,” company owner and founder Eric Smidt said in a letter posted on Facebook.

Takes jack stands back to Harbor Freight to exchange them for the recall... this happens to the new ones 🤔 Might as well use cinder blocks and pieces of wood 🤦🏻‍♂️ Via: @mike.galli 🥴

Posted by on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

You’d be forgiven for being worried if you own any set of Pittsburgh stands, but the good news is Harbor Freight will give a cash refund or a store credit for three and six-tonne units whether they’re covered by the recalls or not.

To refresh your memory, the first of the original recalls concerned three-tonne units manufactured from December 2012 to December 2019 with the part number 61196 and any made from January to March 2020 with the number 56371. The second covered six-tonne stands built from June 2013 and November 2013 with the part number 61197.

Replacements For Recalled Harbor Freight Axle Stands...Get Recalled Too

Rather than for faulty welds, these recalls were due to a defect in the ‘pawl’, which could “disengage from the extension lifting post” if subjected to a “potential shift in weight”. This would cause the supported vehicle to drop suddenly, potentially causing serious injury or worse.

The problem was traced back to ageing tooling at the factory of Jiaxing Golden Roc Tools Co in Zhejiang, China. Only recent batches were thought to have the issue, but a wider recall was issued by the NHTSA as a precaution.

As we said in the previous two Harbor Freight axle stand stories, all of this should serve as a reminder that it’s important to have some kind of redundancy when supporting a car on axle stands.



From bad to worse…
Doubt their reputation can be saved now

07/08/2020 - 07:30 |
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Robert Gracie
Robert Gracie

This is turning into recall-ception at the moment…..

07/08/2020 - 08:16 |
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I have a foldable ones (with 3 legs) with a pin. 2 are 3t Big Red Jack brand, and the other 2 are 2t UltimateSpeed brand from LIDL. The LIDL ones are more usable, have double the height adjustment steps (holes for a pin) and have a lower lowest height setting.

08/18/2020 - 08:11 |
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