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CPSC urges consumers to check cedar chests

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to check their cedar chests for recalled latches and locks.

The call comes as 14 children have died after getting locked inside the chest between 1977 and 2015. The cedar chests were recalled in 1996 because the chest's lid automatically locks when the lid is closed. The recall involved Lane and Virginia Maid brand cedar chests manufactured between 1912 and 1987. Chests can be identified by the brand name “Lane” or “Virginia Maid” located inside the cedar chest.

The CPSC is concerned millions of the chests remain unfixed in consumers' homes and continue to pose a danger to children. United Furniture Industries, Inc. acquired rights to the Lane brand name in 2017. They are distributing free replacement latches and locks to people who own the recalled chests.

Once received, the CPSC said the latch and lock should be installed immediately to protect children from becoming trapped inside and suffocating. Anyone who previously received a free replacement latch and lock as part of the recall should verify that the replacement parts are installed.

People can contact United Furniture Industries at 877-251-5010 and select Option 4, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, leave a message after hours of operation, or send an email to LaneRepair@ufifurniture.com or order the free replacement latch and lock online at https://www.lanefurniture.com/about/product-safety.html.

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