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Cedar chests are a standby of our culture, used to preserve precious heirlooms. However, cedar chests can pose a danger to children. Certain older cedar chests have locks that can snap shut when a child has climbed inside. Consumers can determine whether their chest has an old lock by closing the chest lid without depressing the locking button and then attempting to open the lid without touching the button. Additionally, old locks click loudly when the lid is shut, locking the chest automatically. If your cedar chest was manufactured after 1987, it's a safe bet that the locks are safe, but test them to be certain.