September 4, 1996
Release # 96-186
|CPSC: Robin Diamond
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219
CPSC, The Lane Furniture Company Announce Recall
for In-Home Replacement of Locks on Cedar Chests
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Lane Company
of Altavista, Va., is announcing a voluntary program to replace the locks on cedar chests
manufactured prior to 1987. The Lane Company manufactured approximately 12 million cedar
chests from 1912 to 1987 that latch automatically when the lid is closed. Young children
playing in the chest can become trapped inside and suffocate.
Between 1977 and 1994, six children suffocated inside Lane cedar chests manufactured with
an old design lock. The victims ranged in age from 21 months to ten years old.
Consumers can determine whether their chest has an old lock by closing the chest lid
without depressing the locking button and then attempting to open the lid without touching
the button. If the lid opens, the chest has the new lock and does not need to be replaced.
If the lid does not open, it has the old lock. Additionally, old locks click loudly when
the lid is shut, locking the chest automatically.
Furniture stores sold the chests nationwide in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors
between 1912 and 1987. Some of the chests may have been handed down through families. By
1987, The Lane Company began manufacturing all of its cedar chests with redesigned locks,
which do not need to be replaced.
Consumers who own Lane cedar chests with old locks should call The Lane Company toll-free
at (888) 856-8758 for free, redesigned, easy to install safety locks. Lane will make
special arrangements for consumers who need additional help installing the locks.
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death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a
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