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Nuvi GPS Recall: Time for a Unit-Check

Written on August 27, 2010 by Rudfer Tyron

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Defective batteries, possible property damage, and more than a million-unit worth of recall. Kansas-based electronics manufacturer Garmin thinks some Nuvi GPSes have to be taken under control.

August 26– ordered the recall of 1.25 million GPS units because of overly heat-inducing batteries manufactured by an unnamed third party, where 796,000 are sold in the US.

Not all Garmin GPSes are affected, though, but only units embedded with model numbers 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT. A checking site is available for users to know if their units are affected. US and Canadian owners may connect with Garmin through 866-957-1981.

Part of the release reads:

“None of the reported incidents has caused significant property damage and no injuries have occurred. Nevertheless, given Garmin’s longstanding commitment to safety and customer satisfaction, Garmin is proactively recalling nüvi units with the specific PCB design and with batteries from the specific date code range out of an abundance of caution.”

Affected users will be shipped a replacement battery, with a spacer inserted on top. Despite competition coming from mapping applications on smartphones, an analyst does not think the company will be affected by the recall. Yair Renier of Oppenheimer & Coy told Reuters: “Product recalls in the consumer electronic space are not unusual and recalls involving battery issues are fairly common.”

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