14 Children Suffocate to Death, CPSC Issues Immediate Recall of 12 million Items

July 13, 2018Jul 13, 2018

An antique item that in some households has been passed down from generation to generation is now the focus of a massive and immediate recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued the recall which urges consumers to immediately replace or remove the latches and locks on “Lane” and Virginia Maid” cedar chests, according to ABC Action News

Between 1977 and 2015, 14 children have died because the chests automatically lock, preventing them from escaping or breathing.

The number of recalled items is staggering: The Lane Company has recalled 12 million cedar chests. However, the CPSC is still concerned that millions of the chests remain unfixed in consumers’ homes.

According to Lane Furniture, https://www.lanefurniture.com/lock-replacement-press-release.html United Furniture Industries of Tupelo, Mississippi, acquired the rights to the Lane brand name in 2017 and is now distributing the free replacement latches and locks to consumers for their recalled chests.

The company urges consumers who have a Lane cedar chest to immediately get the replacement lock kit by contacting UFI toll-free at 877-251-5010. They can also visit the Lane Furniture company website to obtain a replacement latch.

The old-style latches on Lane and Virginia Maid brand cedar chests were manufactured between 1912 and 1987. The company recommends that the latches be immediately removed, due the suffocation hazard.

Please check your home to see if you have one of these antique chests. If so, please replace the latch immediately.

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