Garmin, GPS Giant, recalls 1.25 million navi. units; potential fire hazard is the culprit
Each and every day, I thank god for personal navigation systems… because without ‘em, I wouldn’t be able to get off my own stinkin’ street.
Over the past several years, we’ve seen GPS systems mature into more portable (read: lovable) — and, generally speaking, they’ve sold very well, practically flying off the shelves like “hot-cakes.”
Today however, Garmin, one of the industry’s giants, lost some of its swag; it seems that a number of the company’s models including the nuvi 200w, 250w, 260w, and 7xx have been getting a little too hot lately. And, not in a good way: a recall is now in place since these devices pose threats as fire hazards.
Earlier this afternoon, we learned that Garmin would voluntarily recall up to 1.25 million units because of the faulty batteries that could become a fire-hazard; Garmin made it clear though that the batteries were designed and manufactured by a third-party. The specific PCB design, essentially increased the probability of overheating.
Obviously, if you own one of the Garmin models listed below, it’s imperative that you check to see if your specific device is affected. Be sure to head here to find out.
Oh, and be sure to sound off in the comments if you’re part of the affected parties.