A brother and sister died yesterday after apparently suffocating in a wooden chest in their home, The Boston Globe is reporting. The chest was made by Lane Furniture.
The company's website says: "Between 1912 and 1987, Lane and Virginia Maid manufactured and sold an estimated 12 million cedar chests. Cedar chests made during these years latch shut without having to depress a button. In recent years, several children have suffocated inside chests with old style locks. As a result, Lane has launched several successful programs concentrating on lock replacement. However, there are still an estimated 6 million chests that need the locks replaced. Chests manufactured after 1987 already have the new safety lock." (Read the recall notice here.)