Garmin, one of the largest manufacturers and popular brands of GPS (Global Positioning System) units announced yesterday a product recall that affected a few models in the Garmin NÃ¼vi series. The cause of the recall according to the company were bad batteries that were produced by a specific manufacturer that had the potential to overheat and lead to a fire hazard when used by a certain Gamin NÃ¼vi model with a specific PCB (printed circuit board) design.
This recent product recall involves the following Garmin NÃ¼vi models: 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number) and involves around 1,250,000 million units, 750,000 of which were sold in the United States. According to the company, so far there have only been 10 reported cases of the overheating problem and none have caused any injury or damage and that the product recall is just a precautionary measure. I guess Garmin just wants to make sure that it doesn’t lead to any of that or any lawsuits before they do something about it and fix it.
I bought a Garmin NÃ¼vi 260W early last year so when I found out that the model was involved in this recall, I immediately checked if the unit I had was one of those affected. Fortunately, the one I have isn’t involved in the recall and doesn’t have the defective battery.
If you own a Garmin NÃ¼vi that belongs to any of these models: 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT, you can check if your unit is affected by visiting this link – nÃ¼vi Battery PCB Recall.
Anyone own a Garmin NÃ¼vi GPS device that’s affected by the product recall? Did you have any experiences of it overheating?