Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Cedar Chests Recalled
The beauty of the Lane cedar chest is one that I have longed admired. I have also known for years that they can be dangerous. As a child my mother had one and she always reminded us never to touch it. Now a recall sharing the information of the cedar chests locking has been shared again.
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Lane Co., of Altavista, Va., is calling for a renewed search for cedar chests to replace their locks. In 1996, Lane recalled 12 million chests with lids that automatically latch shut when closed, following reports of six children suffocating inside the chests. CPSC and Lane have since become aware of another suffocation death and two near fatalities to children who became entrapped in the chests when the lid closed and automatically latched shut.
All "Lane" and "Virginia Maid" brand cedar chests manufactured between 1912 and 1987 need to have their locks replaced. The chests are often handed down through families, and it is likely that many were purchased second-hand.
Lane is providing new locks, free of charge, that will prevent entrapment because they do not automatically latch shut when the lid is closed. The new locks are easy to install by consumers in their homes.
To prevent another tragedy, CPSC and Lane are urging consumers to check their "Lane" and "Virginia Maid" brand cedar chests. The brand name "Lane" or "Virginia Maid" is located inside the cedar chest. If the lid latches shut without depressing a button on the outside of the chest, the lock needs to be replaced.
Contact Lane toll-free at (800) 327-6944 Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, or access their web site at http://www.lanefurniture.com/CustomerService/Lock-Replacement.aspx to order the free replacement lock. Consumers should have the chest's serial and style numbers, which are branded on the outside bottom or back of the chest, available when contacting Lane.
Do you own one of these cedar chests? Do you know someone that owns one? If so, please spread the word so another child doesn't die