Overheating batteries lead to Garmin recall

27 Aug 2010

Garmin is voluntarily recalling approximately 1.25 million nüvi personal navigation (sat nav) devices following overheating issues with the battery that could lead to a fire hazard.

The Garmin sat nav device in question – the nüvi – has a battery supplied by a third party and Garmin says that there are less than 10 cases of this overheating battery reported.

Of the 1.25 million nüvi devices 796,000 units were sold in the US and they are within a defined date code range and have a specific printed circuit board (PCB) design.

Owners of one of these personal navigation devices can find out if this affects their device by visiting www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall and entering the serial number. If affected their battery will be replaced free of charge.

“Owners should not attempt to remove or service the battery on their own.  To ensure that the unit’s battery is replaced as part of this recall, please return any affected unit directly to a Garmin-authorised facility, using the procedure outlined above,” said Garmin.