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OSAKA — Although Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. discovered defects in a new DVD recorder released on the market Aug. 1, it failed to issue an immediate announcement to the media, Matsushita officials said Wednesday.

Defects in the starting program of the DMR-HS2 recorder could cause it to suddenly halt and fail to restart if a user deletes part of a program recorded on the model with a built-in hard disk and tries to edit a nearby portion.

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