CLEVELAND – Lane Home Furnishings and the Cleveland Police Department are seeking the public's help in locating more than 50,000 airtight cedar chests made between 1912 and 1987 that are believed to be in the Greater Cleveland area, 19/43 News reported.
Company president and CEO Tom Foy said that the chests could be unsafe for children because it's possible that a child could get trapped inside.
"We're focusing our search for pre-1987 chests because we are offering owners throughout the region a new, safer lock absolutely free of charge," Foy said. "The older locks installed prior to 1987 automatically engage when the lid is closed. The new locks, which we've used on all of our chests since 1987, must be locked by hand from outside the chest, and are safer for children."
Cleveland Police Chief Edward Lohn encouraged residents throughout northeast Ohio to take advantage of Lane's lock-replacement program.
"We encourage our citizens to participate in the program by enlisting the aid of the manufacturer, thereby helping to make our community safer today, tomorrow and for generation to come," Lohn said.
The new locks will be provided to owners of "Lane" or "Virginia Maid" chests if they call toll-free at (888) 856-8758, or if they register at Lane's Web site. A link to the Web site is located near the top right-hand corner of this page.