WASHINGTON (WHTM) - Federal safety officials say millions of cedar chests that were recalled for child suffocation deaths over 20 years ago could still be in homes.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging people to immediately replace the latches on the recalled Lane and Virginia Maid-brand chests manufactured by The Lane Company between 1912 and 1987.
The chests were recalled because the latch automatically locks when the lid is closed. Fourteen children suffocated to death inside the chests between 1977 and 2015. Twelve million chests were recalled in 1996.
United Furniture Industries acquired rights to the Lane brand name in 2017 and is distributing free replacement latches to people who own the recalled chests.
People who have not installed the replacement latch should call United Furniture at 877-251-5010 or order the free replacement online at lanefurniture.com.