PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Safety advocates are issuing a reminder about the dangers of certain cedar chests more than two decades after they were recalled.
Millions of the chests were recalled in 1996 after it was found the lids automatically lock when they're closed.
Between 1977 and 2015, fourteen children got trapped inside and suffocated to death, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The CPSC is worried that many of the chests are still out there, unrepaired and hazardous to children.
The alert covers both Lane and Virginia Maid brands, which can be found stamped on the inside of the chests.
If you have one of the chests in your home, the CPSC says it's crucial to check it immediately. If the latch was never replaced, it should immediately be removed.
United Furniture Industries, which acquired the Lane brand last year, is distributing free replacement latches.
To receive your free replacement latch, call UFI toll-free at 877-251-5010 and select 'option 4' Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. If it's after hours, the company says to leave a message or send an email to LaneRepair@ufifurniture.com. The replacement latches can also be ordered online here.
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