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Brother recalls printers after fires

The electronics conglomerate recalls about 100,000 business printers after reports that some have overheated and caught fire.

Electronics conglomerate Brother International is recalling about 100,000 business printers after reports that some have overheated and caught fire.

In a statement released on Tuesday in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Brother said it had received two reports of overheating printers catching on fire, with one case involving minor property damage.

The recall involves laser printers with model numbers HL-1040, HL-1050 and HL-1060, plus the MFC-P200 multifunction device, which combines printing, copying and faxing capabilities.

The affected printers were sold between June 1997 and December 2000, at prices ranging from $300 to $700.

Customers owning one of the recalled models are advised to stop using the printer immediately and contact Brother at (866) 236-6835 or online to arrange for free repair.

Brother is a Japan-based company that began as a sewing machine manufacturer and expanded to make printers and other office machines.