Furniture Maker Renews Hope Chests Warning Following Deaths of 2 Mass. Children

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    (NECN) -  A furniture maker is renewing its warning about hope chests following the death of two Massachusetts children.

    Lane Home Furniture is urging people to check to see if they own a cedar chest it made from 1912 to 1987.

    A latch on the chest automatically locks when closed.

    The warning was prompted by the January deaths of two kids in Franklin. Lexi Munroe, 8, and her 7-year-old brother Sean died after getting trapped in a chest.

    The chests can be identified by the Lane and Virginia Maid brands inside of them.

    Consumers who own the chest should remove the latch and call Lane at 1-800-327-6944 for replacement hardware.