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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has found an additional 71 fires involving electric stoves it or its group firm manufactured, company officials said, raising the total number of fires to 125.

The major appliance maker reported 54 fires involving its products the previous day.

On Thursday, it said the company had found 71 more cases, some caused by products manufactured by Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. and sold under Matsushita’s own brands, and noted that in two of the cases, users sustained minor health problems, including smoke inhalation.

The company said it has been offering free repairs for about 185,000 products, and added 80 percent of the work has already been completed. Matsushita said it will make further efforts to find products that have yet to be repaired.

According to the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association, there have been 205 cases of problems related to Matsushita and other electrical appliance makers since 1985. The appliance makers have improved the system of offering free repair work since 2004.

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