Garmin Nuvi GPS Recall, Batteries Overheat, Fire Hazard

Garmin is recalling 1.25 million Nuvi GPS units, because the batteries can overheat and cause a fire hazard - ouch! About 796,000 of the affected units were sold in the US, but so far, there have been fewer then a dozen cases of actual melt-downs. It’s a bum rap for Garmin, however, which notes that the battery supplier [...]

25th August 2010.
By Lenny Rudow

Garmin is recalling 1.25 million Nuvi GPS units, because the batteries can overheat and cause a fire hazard - ouch! About 796,000 of the affected units were sold in the US, but so far, there have been fewer then a dozen cases of actual melt-downs.

It’s a bum rap for Garmin, however, which notes that the battery supplier is chipping in to replace these units. Hmmm… wonder who’s fault this was? Unfortunately, Garmin – along with other GPS manufacturers – has already been taking a beating lately thanks to the rise of GPS equipped cell phones. Why spend money on a Nuvi, when you can plan your route on your iPhone? Of course, Garmin’s no pushover – ever heard of the Garminfone? If not, you can bet you will soon.

Garmin says the affected phones are the 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number) models. To take care of its customers, they’ve set up a web site, www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall, where you can get info on whether or not the battery in your Nuvi GPS could overheat, and if so, how to get a replacement.

Garmin Nuvi GPS battery overheat recall

Garmin Nuvi GPS Navigation units are being recalled, due to overheating batteries causing a fire hazard.


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