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Wal-Mart expands DVD player recall

Recall of Durabrand DVD players is the result of 14 reports that the machines overheat and burst into flames.

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By Catherine Clifford and Julianne Pepitone, CNNMoney.com staff reporters

The CPSC and Wal-Mart recalled 1.5 million Durabrand DVD players because they have overheated and burst into flames.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Wal-Mart is recalling 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players, expanding a previous announcement, because of a potential for the device to burst into flames, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) received 14 complaints of the DVD players overheating; in seven of the cases, the overheating caused a fire that damaged property, according to a statement from the CPSC. No injuries have been reported.

The previous recall, announced on Aug. 20, included 1.5 million silver DVD players. Tuesday's statement expanded the recall to pink and purple versions of the same devices, for a total of 4.2 million players.

The DVD player, imported from China, was sold at Wal-Mart stores from January 2006 through July 2009 for $29.

The DVD player came with a remote control and is silver with a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD.

Consumers should stop using the DVD player immediately and return it to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 or visit the company's Web site at http://walmartstores.com/.  To top of page

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