Walmart recalls 1.5 million flammable Durabrand DVD players


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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2009

Release # 09-316 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 925-6278

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

DVD Players Recalled by Wal-Mart Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Durabrand DVD Players

Units: About 1.5 Million

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The DVD players can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of DVD players overheating, five of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves a single DVD player with a remote control. The device is silver colored and has a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD.

Sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2006 through July 2009 for about $29.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wal-Mart Stores at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm?s Web site at www.walmartstores.com

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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

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My mother in law purchased one of these for my daughter a good 2 years ago, it was perfect for her, since it was cheap and minimal. Still works today, but looks like I will be taking it back tonight.

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Ash

Haha, I work at Walmart and whenever anyone mentions wanting to buy anything Durabrand I tell them only buy it if they want their house to burn down. I guess now theres proof that Durabrand DOES catch fire haha.

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