CPSC Urges Consumers to Replace or Remove Latch and Lock on Lane and Virginia Maid Cedar Chests; 14 Deaths Reported
millions of these recalled and dangerous cedar chests remain unfixed in consumers' homes
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately replace or remove the latch and lock on recalled Lane and Virginia Maid brand cedar chests manufactured from 1912 through 1987.
Fourteen Children Have Suffocated
Between 1977 and 2015, fourteen children suffocated to death inside these cedar chests after becoming locked inside. In 1996, The Lane Company recalled 12 million cedar chests with latches that automatically locked when the lid was closed.
CPSC says that it is concerned that millions of these recalled and dangerous cedar chests remain unfixed in consumers' homes and continue to pose a danger to children. The chests can be identified by the brand name Lane or Virginia Maid located inside the chest.
United Furniture Industries, Inc. (UFI) acquired rights to the Lane brand name in 2017 and is now distributing the free replacement latch and lock to consumers who own the recalled cedar chests.
Remove Old Latch and Lock, Order Free Replacement Immediately
Consumers who have not received and installed the replacement latch and lock should immediately remove the old latch and lock to eliminate the hazard and contact UFI at (877) 251-5010, select option 4. Impacted consumers can also order the free replacement latch and lock online.
Once received, the latch and lock should be installed immediately to protect children from becoming trapped inside the cedar chest and suffocating. Consumers who previously received a free replacement latch and lock as part of the recall should verify that the replacement parts are installed.