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Recall of the Week: Silver, pink, and purple Durabrand DVD players sold by Wal-Mart

The recent recall of the silver Durabrand DVD player is being expanded to include the pink and purple-colored versions of the same DVD player.

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About 4.2 million DVD players imported by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., are being recalled because the DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. The recall of 1.5 million silver Durabrand DVD players was previously announced.

Wal-Mart has received 14 reports of DVD players overheating, seven of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported.

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The 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.

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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

Manufactured in China, the DVD players were sold only at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2006 through July 2009 for about $29.

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

For additional information, consumers should 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.

To find about other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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