Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

Summary: Walmart has expanded a 1.5 million unit recall to 4.2 million for Durabrand DVD players it sold quite inexpensively ($20 to $30) in the U.S. and the U.K. due to 12 reported cases of overheating.

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You get what you pay for (don't you?).

Walmart has expanded a 1.5 million unit recall to 4.2 million for Durabrand DVD players it sold quite inexpensively ($20 to $30) in the U.S. and the U.K. due to 12 reported cases of overheating.

The original recall only covered silver units, and now includes pink and purple models sold between January 2006 and July 2009 at Walmart stores in the U.S. and Walmart-owned ASDA stores in the U.K.

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  • 12 units out of 4.5 million

    and we are in a panic recall? What a nation of chicken littles.
    frgough
  • Cheap chinese junk sold at Wal-Mart is crappy?

    Stop the presses.
    HollywoodDog
    • heh

      thanks for the laugh :D
      willowreed@...
    • Durabrand is a Store Brand

      I didn't know that. But this is right in there with Great Value, Mainstays,
      Ozark Trail.

      I had a Wal-Mart employee tell me I needed to call Ozark Trail when I
      had a problem with a product and wouldn't return it. I tried to tell them
      that they *are* Ozark Trail, and they didn't believe a word I said.
      cgarrett
  • overheating means "catches on fire"

    And burns the house down, potentially killing
    people...
    i8thecat
    • No, overheating means

      some trial lawyer files a class action suit because someone claims their
      unit got too hot and could potentially have burned their house down and
      the trauma is such that they need 15 million dollars to handle the stress.
      frgough
      • Not always

        There have been cases of some consumer products "overheating" and causing fires, serious injury, and death. "Instant On" color televisions were covered by 60 Minutes years ago.

        I don't think they'd recall the units if there was just some units getting hot. A recall means that there is a real problem.
        Filker0_z
  • RE: Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

    It's Walmart Quality control. Same as lead in toys, same as salmonella in their foods..you want cheap, you get cheap at Walmart..
    They sell to uneducated like you if you go there. So suck it up.
    howmed@...
  • Can see both sides

    I like cheap stuff as much as the next person. I try to get stuff made in a less hostile country (anyone remember they rammed our spy plane and held the crew prisoners, or that they're building hundreds of missiles mostly pointed at Taiwan). Nonetheless, I gave in to the urge to buy a cheap waffle iron from Target recently. Well it doesn't cook properly and it's going back. Have to learn the same lesson over and over for some reason.
    JimboNobody
    • Swap your wafffle iron for...

      >cheap waffle iron from Target recently. Well
      it doesn't cook properly..

      ..maybe you can pick up one of these DVD
      players, they seem to heat up quite well..

      (Sorry, couldn't resist that...)

      BTW, I happen to have a purple DVD player from
      Walmart, it works fine and even after checking
      it after this recall, don't particularly notice
      any hot spots.

      Also, so you get to take it back for a refund
      (I dunno, do I need to find a sales slip?), but
      then what, can I buy another one for a similar
      price? Walmart's home page makes no mention of
      this, you have to dig thru the recall link
      which just sends you to the cpsc site.

      I think this relative paucity of publicity is
      going to keep the recall rate WAY down.
      ProfQuill
    • cheap crap...bleh

      Well, i think its because the people in our country do have better living standards, which means they get more money, which means that the lazy ceo's cannot make more billions using our OWN people to make things....which means that they go overseas where the labor is cheaper and equals the huge amount of goods that are output which are not as snazzy and coolies like how our own people could make....

      and we end up with firey dvd players.
      willowreed@...
  • Good News, Bad News

    Ah, Mr. Chin, I have good news and bad news.
    "What is the good news?"
    The good news is we have taken over the automotive
    industry, the TV industry, the lawnmower industry,,,,,,
    "Yes, yes, yes, what is the bad news?"
    The bad news is that all these people are now unemployed
    and cannot afford to buy our products.
    trm1945
  • RE: Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

    Hey, not all is bad, i have a personal cd player with radio that bught there in 1999 and still works as the first day.
    Linguini44
  • RE: Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

    The same DVD players were recalled here in Guatemala, according to an ad I saw in the newspaper today, so the recall is probably most widespread than first mentioned. I guess you get what you pay for!

    By the way, I do have a Durabrand coffeemaker and a couple of other appliances, with no issues. Imagine if the same problem existed with the coffeemaker ...

    I guess after all it is a matter of QC, good design, workmanship and materials ... just look at the issues with Apple's Iphones, Sony laptop batteries, I could go on ...
    edchuy
  • RE: Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

    There is such a thing as "too cheap".
    All-in-one printers for under $50?
    I bought one, installed it according to instructions and the paper would not feed through. The printer proceeded to print, spraying the inside with ink.
    Ruined? Yes.
    Refund? No.
    I will never buy electronics from Walmart again.
    If it's too good to be true, then it's a scam.
    Next time, I will buy a better quality printer within the $100 to $200 range, and it won't be a photo printer!
    kb6252@...
    • Oh, please

      My daughter is in college back in Kentucky. Her old printer died, so she bought a Canon all-in-one printer at Walmart for $50.

      Works great. She loves that now she also has a copier/scanner, and I love that I saved some money that I can now send to the Repubs in order to help defeat ObamaCare, Cap/Trade, CardCheck, and whatever other wacky ideas those scamps in Washington dream up.
      Dorkyman
  • RE: Walmart recalls 4.2 million Durabrand DVD players

    Walmart Sells junk? No Way!Near Blasphemy! Those Flammable Carseats, and combustable toys are totally safe. For Christ sake they Have a Mc Donalds inside their stores sometimes; McDonalds would NEVER be associated with Garbage. Remeber: Torture is 'Enhanced Interrigation' Murder is just Extraverted Suicide, and A raging Firestorm is "Overheating"
    Grey Ash