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Garmin recalls 1.25 million overheating GPS units

Posted on Thursday, August 26 2010 @ 13:49:12 CEST by

Garmin issued a recall of around 1.25 million nüvi GPS navigation devices because an issue with faulty batteries can lead to overheating, which may lead to a fire hazard. The company says the nüvi 200W, 250W, 260W and the 700 series are impacted by the issue, you can check if your device is subject to recall by entering your serial number at Garmin's website.
Garmin is voluntarily recalling certain nüvi devices that contain a specific battery that was manufactured by the battery supplier within a limited date code range. Garmin has identified potential overheating issues when certain batteries manufactured by the third-party battery supplier within a limited date code range are used in certain Garmin nüvi models with a specific printed circuit board (PCB) design. It appears that the interaction of these factors can, in rare circumstances, increase the possibility of overheating, which may lead to a fire hazard. Although there have been no injuries or significant property damage caused by this issue, Garmin is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.

The recalled devices include a small subset of the following nüvi model numbers:

* nüvi 200W, 250W, & 260W
* nüvi 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number)



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