A Manufacturing Defect Example: The Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall


Manufacturing Defect Harbor Freight Recalls Pittsburgh Automotive Jack Stands Because of Injury Concerns

Products break all the time, but sometimes, they have extremely dangerous outcomes. A manufacturing defect like the Pittsburgh jack stand recall has the ability to cause severe physical injuries or even death. 

Today, we are shining light on this recall and how our attorneys may be of service to you if you experience an injury from a manufacturing defect.

What Happened with the Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall? 

In March 2020, Harbor Freight recalled certain models of its Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands because of the potential for serious injury for those using the products near or under lifted vehicles. According to the safety recall issued by Harbor Freight, located here, it explained people should, “stop using these jack stands immediately” and also stated the potential for stands to drop suddenly under weight.  

What was the Timeline and Response of the Recall? 

A filing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 20, 2020, shows Harbor Freight Tools issued a recall alert for hundreds of thousands of its jack stands due to a manufacturing defect that could lead to the product collapsing. Harbor Freight sold over 450,000 of the six ton jack stands under its Pittsburgh Automotive brand name.The models are its 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack, SKU/part numbers 61197. The jack stands were made and sold between June 13, 2013 – November 22, 2019. The product was manufactured by Jiaxing Golden Roc Tools Co., Ltd. (exported by Shanghai Shen Da Import and Export Co Ltd.).  

On May 3, 2020, a second recall extended to the three ton jack stands. Harbor Freight sold 1.2 million of these jack stands. The model numbers are 61196 and 56371, and the production dates are January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020.

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of the public on the roadways in the United States. Part of its mission is to save lives and prevent injuries by making sure products are safe for use by the public. NHTSA previously fined Harbor Freight $1 million for an untimely recall and failing to notify owners of the existence of a manufacturing defect in the required time frame. 

A Guiding Hand in a Manufacturing Defect Case

The attorneys at MHM Legal have decades of experience handling product liability cases against some of the biggest manufacturers in the world. Please click here to review various results. We fight for the rights of injured people against companies that put profits over safety like this Pittsburgh jack stand recall. As a result of our knowledge and experience, we have obtained substantial compensation for our clients.  

If you or a loved one have been injured by a Harbor Freight Jack Stand, or any other Harbor Freight product, please contact us for a free case evaluation.