August 21, 2009 / 12:41 AM / 8 years ago

Wal-Mart DVD players recalled due to fire hazard

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NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday said 1.5 million DVD players sold exclusively at Wal-Mart (WMT.N) since early 2006 were being recalled because they can overheat, creating a fire risk.

The agency said it had received 12 reports of overheating by the Durabrand DVD players, five of which resulted in fires that caused property damage but no injuries.

The silver-colored devices, which have a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD, were made in China and sold for about $29.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Wal-Mart for a full refund," the consumer agency said in a release.

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