Garmin is carrying out a voluntary recall of 1.25 million in-car GPS receivers over fears the battery could overheat and cause fires.
Garmin has identified potential overheating issues when certain batteries manufactured by the third-party battery supplier within a limited date code range are used in certain Garmin nüvi models with a specific printed circuit board (PCB) design. It appears that the interaction of these factors can, in rare circumstances, increase the possibility of overheating, which may lead to a fire hazard. Although there have been no injuries or significant property damage caused by this issue, Garmin is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.
The following devices are affected by this recall:
- nüvi 200W, 250W, & 260W
- nüvi 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number)
Some 800,000 of the affected devices were sold in the US.
You can check if your Garmin nüvi is affected by visiting the recall website.