Garmin Recalls 1.3 Million Nuvi GPS Devices For Overheating Batteries : Garmin Ltd has decided to recall around 1.3 million nüvi GPS devices from all over the world, as their batteries pose a fire risk because of their potential overheating. In the United States, almost 800,000 such devices were sold.
The products in the recall are nüvi personal navigation devices (PND’s) and although less than ten instances of overheating have been reported which caused no harm, Garmin has taken the responsibility of recalling the items, according to Chloe Albanesius over on PC Mag.
Garmin is the world’s number one maker for personal navigation devices (PNDs). The battery supplier to Garmin has agreed to pay Garmin for some of the expenses caused by the recall.
To determine if your Garmin Nuvi GPS device is involved in the recall — models 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT, where xx is a two-digit number, are affected — you can visit Garmin’s website and plug your unit’s serial number in.
The affected devices contain a specific PCB type that, when combines with a type of battery used in a specific date range, can cause the device to overheat, even causing fire hazard. Less than 10 cases of such overheating were identified, and none of them have caused any property damage or injury.
Garmin says it will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of the battery next to the PCB before returning the device to affected customers free of charge.