Garmin is recalling more than 1 million nuvi personal GPS navigation devices because of a possible fire hazard regarding overheating batteries.
The recalled devices contain certain batteries that were manufactured by a third-party battery supplier within a limited date code range. The batteries that can cause potential overheating issues where used with a specific circuit board (PCB) design.
According to Garmin, the interaction between the batteries and circuit board can in rare circumstances increase the possibility of overheating, which may result in a fire hazard. They have had fewer than 10 reports regarding the defective device, however none of the cases have had significant damage or injuries.
The recall is on models, 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT The xx stands for a two-digit number. Owners of a Garmin navigation system who are unaware of their product model can also visit the company’s website and plug in the units serial number to see if their device is subject to recall.
If the unit is listed on the website, Gramin will provide instructions on how to repair the GPS. The defective device will be fixed by changing the battery and putting a spacer on top next to the PCB, free of charge.
More than 700,000 of the recalled nuvi units were sold in the United States.