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Garmin has recalled a total of 1.25 million portable GPS units for a possible fire risk, with 796,000 of those sold here in the United States. According to Consumer Reports, the problem stems from a faulty battery that may cause the device to overheat while in use. So far, there have been no injuries or property damage due to the defect, and fewer than 10 units have been reported with the problem.
The recall covers Nuvi 200W, 250W, 260W and a few models in the 700 series that land in a certain date-code range and that use a specific type of printed circuit board design. The easiest way to tell if your unit falls under the recall is to head over to Garmin's site and enter in your model's serial number. If yours comes up as one of the unlucky few that has to be returned, Garmin will provide you with all of the necessary mailing instructions.

Interestingly, several automakers have offered cradled Garmin products in place of costlier in-dash navigation systems, some of which will be covered under the recall. Among those manufacturers, Suzuki has been the first to confirm to Autoblog that some of its models will be impacted. The company said that it is currently working with regulators to deduce which vehicles shipped with the faulty Nuvi systems and how to proceed with getting the units fixed. Stay tuned for more information.

[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My Garmin GPS is useless as tits on a bull so I'll be happy to turn mine in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I returned mine after less than 24 hours using it. The TomTom I had been using was much better. Neither is 100% accurate but they sure beat trying to read a map while driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      10 units of our 1.25 MILLION deserves a recall?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota was dragged over the coals for less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so car manufacturers put these $150 systems in their cars, and charge the consumer $1000 for optional navigation? wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they use Dell laptop batteries?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last summer, Garmin bricked thousand's of Nuvi 700 series units in a software update. This summer, the same units are immolating cars.

      Is there a way to mount a Garmin Nuvi outside of the vehicle?