If you have a Garmin nuvi GPS, then listen up. I just received an e-mail from Garmin about a product safety recall relating to a potential risk of the battery overheating in your GPS unit. Bummer, huh? Here’s the scoop…
Garmin has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain models of Garmin’s nuvi brand of portable automotive GPS products due to a potential risk of battery overheating. 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 nuvi 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.
The affected units include a small subset of units with the following model numbers:
- Garmin nuvi 200W
- Garmin nuvi 250W
- Garmin nuvi 260W
- Garmin nuvi 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two digit number)
To determine if your GPS unit is included in the recall, visit click through to this site and enter the serial number from the back of your GPS.
If your GPS is among the 1.25M that are reportedly affected, you’re supposed to fully discharge the batter by unplugging it and running it until it turns off. You’ll then have to return it to a Garmin-authorized service center to have the battery replace and a small spacer inserted alongside the battery.
The good news is that the repair is free, and you will not have to pay any shipping charges, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.