WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is urging consumers to remove latches and locks on all “Cavalier” brand cedar chests produced by Cavalier Corp., also formerly known as Tennessee Furniture Company.

These latches lock the lid of the unit automatically when it is closed, which poses a suffocation and entrapment hazard for children. Three children have suffocated to death after being locked inside these chests between 2004 and 2019, the CPSC said.

It issued a warning on its website this week, noting it is concerned that while Cavalier Corp. is no longer in business, many of these cedar chests remain in consumers’ homes. They have been sold since the early 1900s and are still being sold or resold at antique stores, second-hand stores and consignment shops, as well as on online resources.

It is also urging consumers to check the living spaces within their homes as well as basements and attics for these units and to remove the latch or lock immediately form the units. Some can be identified by the Cavalier company logo and name printed inside the lid. However, not all of the units bear the logo or the company name.

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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