The very recent recalls of the Harbor Freight Steel Jack Stands have brought to light an alarming safety hazard and source of severe injuries that cause over 4,500 injuries each year according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA).
With over 1.7 million Pittsburgh 3-Ton and 6-Ton Jack Stands recalled to potential for severe injury and death from a jack stand collapse remains an incredible risk. With decades of experience getting justice for injury victims, our jack stand collapse attorneys can help you or a loved one get suitable compensation for their injuries or possible death. We have always offered a free case evaluation and you won’t pay a dime unless we win.
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How Dangerous Are Floor Stand Jacks?
Even without recallable manufacturing defects, jack stands remain a dangerous tool for any business or individual needing to jack a vehicle up for repair. Over 4,822 people were injured by collapsing jacks annually according to an NHTSA report, with over 96% of the individuals needing to visit the emergency room. Currently – there is no concise study available on any fatal injuries caused by collapsing jack stands.
Of these 4,800+ injuries, the NHTSA broke them down into the following injury types:
- 5% – Amputations
- 40% – Contusions
- 15% – Fractures
- 18% – Lacerations
- 10% – Strains or Sprains
- 13% – Other Injuries
In over 39% of these cases – the hand, wrist, or fingers were injured by the jack stand collapse.
Our attorneys understand the law surrounding these incidents, and by calling us at 1-800-590-4116 we can help you learn whether or not you have a case with no fees required.
The May 2020 Harbor Freight Jack Stand Recalls
After years of complaints, the NHTSA finally issued a recall of over 1.7 Million Pittsburgh Automotive® 3-Ton and 6-Ton Heavy-Duty Steel Jack Stands.
Harbor Freight is generally known for producing cheap tools and severe manufacturing defects within their Chinese factory led to the possibility of these stands collapsing suddenly under large loads. This collapse can result in serious injuries and even death.
What Harbor Freight Products Were Recalled?
In March 2020, an initial 454,000 Pittsburgh Automotive 6-Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands were recalled by Harbor Freight. Only months later in May 2020, an additional 3-Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands were recalled due to the same manufacturing defect.
What Manufacturing Defects Caused These Harbor Freight Jack Recalls?
Both instances of these product recalls were linked to manufacturing defects within a manufacturer called Jiaxing Golden Roc Tools Co., Ltd. An analysis of these jack stands determined that the product quality was inconsistent due to aged tooling – and due to this the gears used to keep the load aloft are prone to slippage. In addition an inconsistent location of the main pawl armature hole also caused a margin of error which further exacerbated the issue.
With such a large load depending on these jack stands, even a small defect can have catastrophic responses for those individuals working around the lifted load.
How Were The Defective Harbor Freight Jack Stands Failing?
If affected by this defect, the ratchet teeth on the jack stand lifting extension were inconsistency engaging the pawl, which provides the support for the load. Due to the manufacturing defects these ratchet teeth were not engaging at an appropriate depth which could cause sudden slippage.
While under load potential shifts in weight were causing these gear teeth to slip suddenly, which would cause the jack stand to collapse and potentially injure any bystanders.
How Can Our Jack Stand Collapse Attorneys Help You?
Our team at McEldrew Young Purtell have helped bring justice to hundreds of individuals that were injured through no fault of their own. Our team provides a free consultation so we can help you understand whether or not your injuries deserve compensation. Throughout the entire process – you won’t pay a single dime. We don’t charge any fee unless we win your case.
If you or a loved one owns or has been injured by a jack stand collapse, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately at 1-800-590-4116 so we can help you determine whether or not you have a case.