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March 29, 2000

Child Suffocates in Previously Recalled Cedar Chest

The Lane Co. and CPSC renew the search for un-repaired chests

Child Suffocates in Previously Recalled Cedar ChestAltavista, VA (SafetyAlerts) - The Lane Co. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are renewing the search for previously recalled cedar chests after reports of another suffocation death and two near fatalities to children who became entrapped in the chests when the lid closed and automatically latched shut.

In 1996, Lane recalled 12 million chests with lids that automatically latch shut when closed, following reports of six children suffocating inside the chests.  To view that recall click here.

The recall involves all "Lane" and "Virginia Maid" brand cedar chests manufactured between 1912 and 1987. These chests 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 entrapments 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 (888) 856-8758 anytime or access their web site at www.newlock.net 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.

 
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