Schwaba Law Firm is investigating and filing claims related to the company Harbor Freight’s products: 6 ton Pittsburgh Automotive Jackstands and 3 ton Pittsburgh Automotive Jackstands. The Harbor Freight manufactured jack stands were recalled by the NHTSA in March of 2020 due to the faulty manufacturing of the depth of the jack stand’s metal teeth. This faulty manufacturing can lead to the user being pinned underneath the object sitting on the jack stands, causing serious injuries. The claims have been consolidated in a multi-district litigation case in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Harbor Freight Tools is a Retail Company with headquarters in Calabasas, CA with 1,000 locations throughout 48 of the United States. Harbor Freight has an annual revenue of over $500 million.
Two different recalls are relevant to two different types of Harbor Freight manufactured jack stands. These types being the 6-ton heavy-duty jackstand which has an estimated 454,000 units produced from June 13, 2013, to November 22, 2019, and the 3-ton heavy-duty jack stand which has an estimated 1,254,000 units produced from December 1, 2012, to March 31, 2020. The jack stands numbered 61196 and 61197 (3 ton and 6 ton) can be identified by the item number located on the yellow part of the label on each jackstand. The second type of 3-ton jack stand recalled can be identified by looking for the item number 56317 on the black label on top of the jackstand. Various defects were found in the jack stands such as inconsistent indexing location indexing of the pawl armature hole and insufficient depths of the ratchet teeth of the jack stands, allowing the jack stands to slip, potentially trapping the user of the stands. These defects were also discovered in other Harbor Freight Jack Stands such as more 3-ton jack stands, numbered 56357, 61627, and 91760.
The defects in the mentioned Pittsburgh Automotive Jackstands can lead to serious accidents. Due to the failure of the ratchet teeth, the user of the heavy-duty jack stands can be pinned underneath the vehicle they are attempting to examine. The falling of the vehicle occupying the jack stand can result in serious external or internal injuries by those under or around the raised vehicle.
The Schwaba Law Firm can assist claimants who have been injured by the various Harbor Freight Jackstands. If you have further questions as to whether your jack stand is covered by the NHTSA recall, you may call the Schwaba Law Firm or review the NHTSA warning linked here The claims may include claims for negligence, strict liability, breach of the implied warranty of merchantability, among others.
There is no cost to you in contacting or discussing your claim with the Schwaba Law Firm. In the event you decide to retain Schwaba Law Firm as your counsel, the firm will only be paid in the event they are able to obtain a recovery on your behalf. In no event will you be asked to pay anything out-of-pocket. If you have concerns regarding your Harbor Freight Heavy Duty Jack Stands, contact the Schwaba Law Firm at the numbers above.