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ALERT: Wal-Mart Expanses Durabrand DVD Players Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

Name of Product: Durabrand DVD Players. (The August 20 recall of the silver Durabrand DVD player has been expanded to include the pink and purple-colored versions of the same DVD player.)
Units: About 4.2 million (1.5 million were previously announced)
Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 14 reports of DVD players overheating, seven 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 was sold in three colors—silver, pink and purple and has a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. The DVD players were sold under the following UPC codes and model numbers:

  • Silver: UPC 1799901002, Model No. 1002
  • Pink: UPC 1799934100, Model No. 1002 PINK
  • Purple: UPC 1799932100, Model No. 1002 PUR

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.