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Re: Lane Cedar Chest

Posted By: Raymond L. Watkins <accurend@comcast.net> (c-24-2-7-3.hsd1.tx.comcast.net)
Date: 9/4/5 11:22

In Response To: Re: Lane Cedar Chest (James Schooley)

Lock Replacement

http://www.lanefurniture.com/customer_care/newlockcpsc.asp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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.

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