Consumer alert: Latches on cedar chests pose suffocation risk
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging millions of people to replace or repair the locks on their cedar chests, because of suffocation hazards.
"Lane" or "Virginia Maid" chests are the ones in question, because their lids automatically lock when closed. They're often handed down generation to generation or purchased secondhand.
According to the CPSC, 14 kids suffocated between 1977 and 2015 after being locked inside the chests. 12 million of the chests were recalled in 1996, but now there are concerns millions haven't been fixed and remain in people's homes.
Look for the brand names "Lane" or "Virginia Maid" stamped inside the chest. If your chest matches the brand, and you think it was made between 1912 and 1987, you need to replace the latch immediately.
United Furniture Industries is distributing a free replacement latch and lock to consumers who have these cedar chests.
Contact UFI at 877-251-5010, or send an email to LaneRepair@ufifurniture.com. You can also order the free replacement latch on the Lane website.