The Checkout

Toy Chests Are Not Toys

Annys Shin

I know everyone is probably gone for the Fourth, but a recall just flashed over my e-mail that I thought you might like more info about.

Bayside Furnishings of San Diego said yesterday it is recalling 9,350 LaJolla Boat and Pirates of the Carribean Twin Trundle beds after a 22-month-old boy died when the lid of a toy chest that is at the end of the bed fell on his neck and strangled him.

The beds were sold at Costco, and furniture retail stores from January 2006 through May of this year for between $700 and $1,400.

Bayside is offering a repair kit.

For additional information, contact Bayside at (877) 494-2536 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at to register online for one.

There have been at least 10 other recalls of toy chests or cedar chests over the past decade because of entrapment or suffocation hazards. A child suffocated in a chest in 2005, and two others died in chest-related accidents in 2001--one from suffocation, and the other from a fall, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson.

There are safety standards for toy chests, albeit voluntary ones. Toy chests are required not to have a lock, to have ventilation holes and have hinges that don't allow the lid to drop.

When buying toy chests or other types of chests, be sure to look for those features.

Have a safe Fourth of July. See you back here on Monday.

By Annys Shin |  July 4, 2008; 7:36 AM ET Annys Shin
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