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Harbor Freight Tools Defective Jack Stands Failure Class Action

Jack stands are made to lift vehicles so that work can be done underneath. The jack has the crucial task of holding up a heavy vehicle so that the person working on it is not crushed or injured. The complaint for this class action alleges that certain jacks made by Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. are prone to failure, leading to accidents like the one experienced by the plaintiff in this case.

In March 2021, plaintiff William Andrews jacked up his 2016 Chevrolet Impala with a Pittsburgh Automotive jack stand made by Harbor Freight. Andrews was changing the rear driver’s side strut when the jack stand failed, pinning his hand between the car and the strut. The complaint alleges that the failure was caused by a design and manufacturing defect shared with other models of the Harbor Freight jack stands.

Harbor Freight’s Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands come in different sizes and weight load classes, including three-ton and six-ton varieties. The stands have teeth on the side that allow the vehicle to be raised or lowered to different heights. When the vehicle is lifted to the desired height, the user engages a stopper called a pawl and can also tighten a screw for extra assurance that the vehicle will stay at that height.

The complaint alleges that the Harbor Freight jack stands are defective and can fail, because of “aging in the tooling” and teeth that are not deep enough. It claims that three-ton jack stands also “had inconsistent location indexing of the pawl armature hole.”

Harbor Freight first recalled some of its six-ton jack stands in 2020. Later that year, it recalled some of its three-ton jack stands. It tried to replace some of the three-ton stands, but the replacements were also defective.

Andrews never received notice of the recalls, even though he was a member of the Harbor Freight Inside Track Club that sends out weekly e-mails.

The class for this action is all consumers nationwide who bought defective jack stands that have not been recalled by Harbor Freight as of July 15, 2021, including but not limited to product ID numbers 56371, 66196, 61197, 56357, 61627, 91760, 56357, 61627, and 91760, who have not received a full refund for their defective product and/or suffered property damage caused by these jack stands.

This class action is intended to be consolidated with others on the same topic, with the combined case covered three groups of people. The first is the class above. The second is those who suffered property damage to their cars, homes, or other personal property besides the jack stands themselves when the stands failed. The third is those who bought different jack stands that suffer from a similar defect, but which Harbor Freight has not recalled.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Harbor Freight Tools Defective Jack Stands Failure Complaint

July 15, 2021

Jack stands are made to lift vehicles so that work can be done underneath. The jack has the crucial task of holding up a heavy vehicle so that the person working on it is not crushed or injured. The complaint for this class action alleges that certain jacks made by Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. are prone to failure, leading to accidents like the one experienced by the plaintiff in this case.

Harbor Freight Tools Defective Jack Stands Failure Complaint

Case Event History

Harbor Freight Tools Defective Jack Stands Failure Complaint

July 15, 2021

Jack stands are made to lift vehicles so that work can be done underneath. The jack has the crucial task of holding up a heavy vehicle so that the person working on it is not crushed or injured. The complaint for this class action alleges that certain jacks made by Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. are prone to failure, leading to accidents like the one experienced by the plaintiff in this case.

Harbor Freight Tools Defective Jack Stands Failure Complaint
Tags: Defective Product, Lack of Proper Warnings, Strict Product Liability—Manufacturing Defect, Tools or Equipment