Tuesday, December 6, 2022


Urgent recall: 1.7 million Harbor Freight jack stands


By Russ and Tiña De Maris

We published this information in last Sunday’s newsletter, but if you didn’t see it, here’s a detailed report regarding jack stands currently being recalled by Harbor Freight Tools.


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Harbor Freight Tools has announced a recall of more than 1.7 million Pittsburgh Automotive 3-Ton and 6-Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands for a defect that poses a significant risk to your safety.

Owners of these jack stands are asked to immediately discontinue use due to safety concerns.  Injuries have been reported due to this issue. 

Specifically, the jack stands may collapse under load, which can increase the risk of injury to people near or under a lifted vehicle.

There are two separate recalls for the jack stands. NHTSA recall 20E016 involves an estimated 454,000 units that were produced from June 13, 2013, to November 22, 2019. NHTSA recall 20E027 involves an estimated 1,254,000 units that were produced from December 1, 2012, to March 31, 2020.

3-Ton jack stands with item number 61196 and 56371, and 6-Ton jack stands with item number 61197 are subject to this recall.

The 61196 and 61197 jack stands can be identified by checking the item number found on the yellow part of the label on the base of each jack stand.

The 56371 jack stands can be identified by checking the item number found on the label on the top of each jack stand.

NHTSA encourages all consumers to report any safety concerns to the agency online or by calling their Vehicle Safety Hotline (Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236 / Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153).

While you may not own one of these jack stands, if you know someone who does be sure to tell them.

RVtravel.com posts recall notices like this as they are issued. Read them by clicking here. Or visit here to receive a monthly recap of all recalls for that month including those of common vehicles used for towing or as dinghies behind motorhomes.

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David Trejo
2 years ago

Thanks for the info. I had a pair of 61196 and was about to pack my bearings on my 5th wheel. The next day after reading the article I returned them and researched about building wooden jack stands. I use them instead of steel jack stands.
Again, thanks for the info.

Terry R Johnson
2 years ago

This was an eye opener to read this in RV TRAVEL. I have a set and was just going to use them to put a set of air shocks on my truck. Thank you RV travel for being on top of these kind of issues! I guess this opens my eyes to check where things were made. I don’t think China is very concerned about our safety!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

Actually, hats off to Harbor Freight for doing the recall, regardless of what you think of them. My motto has always been, “If there’s an electrical cord attached to it, don’t buy it”. But lately it seems like Harbor Freight has been upping their game.

2 years ago

No surprise here 90 percent of Harbor Freight tools are made in China and most are cheap junk quality. Another thing why buy from the enemy that gave us the CCP Flu? Boycott CHINA.

Tom Smithbrother
2 years ago

I thank you too as I do have two of these jack stands. Thankfully my number did not match the recall.

2 years ago

Mine don’t have the item number on them, rather the model number. Anyone have the cross reference? Thanks

David Scheeler
2 years ago

Must thank you for alerting me to this recall. I owned a set of these and without your article, I would not have known about the recall. Harbor Freight should be doing a better job of publicizing the recall.

Irv Goomba
2 years ago

I wonder if these are the same jackstands that Aldi has sold in the past?…

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