January 29, 2002
SafetyAlerts Warning: Lane Chests
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), Lane Furniture Ind., of Tupelo, MS., 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 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 CLICK HERE
to order the free replacement lock. Consumers
should have the chest's serial and style numbers, which are branded on the
outside bottom or outside back of the chest, available when contacting Lane.