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Garmin to recall 1.25 million GPS devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Aug 2010 21:49 User comments (5)

Garmin to recall 1.25 million GPS devices Garmin has announced they are recalling 1.25 million GPS devices due to potential fire hazards from overheating batteries.
The navigation company was quick to tell investors that the recall would not hurt quarterly results.

Garmin had narrowed down the affected units to its Nuvi range, using third-party supplied batteries within a specified date code range. Each uses the same specific printed circuit board design.

The unnamed battery supplier agreed to split the costs of replacing the batteries.

Says one analyst: "I don't think it means much. Product recalls in the consumer electronic space are not unusual and recalls involving battery issues are fairly common."

Almost 800,000 of the recalled units were sold in the U.S., and Garmin says the battery has overheated in only 10 cases, with none causing injury.

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5 user comments

126.8.2010 7:41

O...K... So which devices of the Nuvi range will be recalled?

226.8.2010 8:53

I thought these guys were one of the top range brands?? Go figure...

326.8.2010 13:23

Nuvi model numbers 200W, 250W, 260W, and 7xx ... but not all of them.. if you have one of those model numbers check at there site at https://my.garmin.com/rma/recallLanding.faces where you have to enter your serial number to see if your affected.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Aug 2010 @ 13:24

426.8.2010 13:25

Originally posted by borhan9:
I thought these guys were one of the top range brands?? Go figure...
The batteries are the problem. A third party supplied the batteries, Garmin doesn't make them.

And in my experience with Garmin GPS units they are one of the top brands.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Aug 2010 @ 13:30

526.8.2010 20:04

Originally posted by borhan9:
I thought these guys were one of the top range brands?? Go figure...
I'm not being funny, but even if Garmin made the batteries how would this show them to be a crap brand? Because they made one screw up? Damn man.

And if any thing, it actually shows them to be a good brand (and it's also likely they dont want their arses sued) by going out and making the effort to stop any potential harm and issues and looking after their customers as an aftersale service...

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