Decorator Cube Safety Warning Reissued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

OCTOBER 29, 1991

(301) 504-7908

Release # 92-010

 

Decorator Cube Safety Warning Reissued

WASHINGTON, DC -- As a result of two recently reported new deaths Seward Luggage Company of Petersburg, VA; Trojan Luggage of Memphis, TN; and Mercury Luggage Manufacturing Co. of Jacksonville, FL, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are issuing a second warning about a strangulation and suffocation hazard associated with decorator cubes with hinged lids. The warning applies to cubes manufactured before June 30, 1990. Decorator cubes manufactured after June 30, 1990 are designed differently with removable lids that address the risk.

The first warning notice was issued jointly by CPSC and the firms on March 27, 1991 following the first reported death.

These cubes are 16" X 16" X 16" cubed-shaped trunks with hinged lids decorated with various scenes and motifs. The decorator cubes may be used for storage and home furnishing.

The cubes present a strangulation hazard if the lid falls on the neck of a young child who is reaching into the trunk for a toy or other item. CPSC believes young children under the age of six years are at the greatest risk of injury. In addition, a young child could climb into a cube, become trapped inside and suffocate if the lid shuts.

CPSC and the firms are now aware of a total of three deaths involving young children allegedly associated with these cubes. These incidents occurred from February 1990 to October 1991.

Approximately 2.2 million cubes were distributed nationally by retailers, including Kmart and Walmart, between 1987 and June 30, 1990.

To prevent the possibility of strangulation or suffocation:

  1. Owners should remove the metal pin (used to hold the hinge together) from each of the two hinges, thereby making the lid removable; or
  2. Owners of cubes who choose not to remove lids will be supplied with lid spacer clamps that will prevent the lid from slamming shut and a warning label to remind users of the potential hazards.

CPSC urges consumers to call 1-800-766-9417 to obtain free, easily installed spacer clamps, a warning label and further information, if necessary, on the removal of the hinge pin.