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News Scary Photos of Recalled Harbor Freight Jack Stands Show Just How Dangerous They Are

08:27  29 may  2020
08:27  29 may  2020 Source:   thedrive.com

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This is all the metal that's stopping thousands of pounds from falling on you.

The Harbor Freight jack stands that we've all bought, borrowed, or seen in our friends' garages are being recalled due to a risk of collapsing under load. A second recall , filed May 3, extends the recall to three-ton jack stands . The defect is attributed to aging tooling at the factory that produced the jack

Last week, Harbor Freight recalled close to half a million jack stands with suspected manufacturing defects that could pose a risk of sudden collapse. As explained in an NHTSA document announcing the recall, certain three- and six-ton Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands could allow "the ratchet teeth on the jack stand lifting extension" to "inconsistently engage the pawl to a sufficient depth." If that jargon doesn't form an image in your head, that's okay, because a Reddit user with a set of the faulty jack stands has shared some photos to help people visualize the problem. 

As explained in an NHTSA document announcing the recall, certain three- and six-ton Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands could allow © Provided by The Drive As explained in an NHTSA document announcing the recall, certain three- and six-ton Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands could allow "the ratchet teeth on the jack stand lifting extension" to "inconsistently engage.

Using a set of the three-ton jack stands implicated in the recall, Reddit user "cssplayer" brushed some white paint onto the locking pawl, which is what keeps a jack stand's toothed support in place. The person then inserted the support and stood on it for 30 seconds to guarantee as much paint transfer between the pawl and the tooth it's supposed to be supporting. Upon removal, the owner found out just how little metal stands between a jack stand user and a trip to the county coroner.

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According to Harbor Freight 's NHTSA filing, the problem with these jack stands is that due to worn tooling at the factory, the pawl that engages with the The exchange process is as simple as bringing your affected jack stands to your local Harbor Freight , once stores are reopened, where you'll be

Based on how much paint rubbed from the locking pawl onto the lifting support, there looks to be less than a square centimeter of metal-on-metal contact holding up these jack stands--and therefore anything they may be supporting. For reference, cssplayer also included a photo of an older, better-built Harbor Freight jack stand, whose larger contact patch is illustrated by chipped-away paint.

a close up of a hand © Used with permission from cssplayer on Reddit

"This is absolutely horrifying. These are going to kill people that are not aware of the recall," commented the Reddit user on the disparity between jack stands. "I must have received one of the later batches, because these jackstands are really really bad. Please be careful guys. Don't use these jackstands."

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