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.