May 4, 2016

DCP Warns Consumers and Resellers about Potentially Fatal Cedar Chest Models

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s (DCP) October 2015 press release warns consumers and resellers to immediately disable “Lane” and “Virginia Maid” brand cedar chests with lids.  The warning came in the wake of the 2014 deaths of a brother and sister who suffocated in a chest after the lid closed and automatically latched shut.    

The Lane Furniture Company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), initially recalled 12 million chests in 1996, with subsequent recalls in 2000 and 2014.  To avoid further tragedies, DCP and CPSC conducted over 50 compliance checks at second hand stores and educated businesses on how to identify the recalled items before consumers purchase them. 

Lane recalled 12 million chests since 1996 with latches that automatically lock with the lid is closed, the article states. The company continues to offer new latches for these chests without charge. Despite past recalls, press releases, and replacement offers, approximately six million locks still need replacements according to Lane’s product safety webpage

More information can be found on the Department of Consumer Protection’s website.