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Garmin Recalling 1,250,000 GPS Over Fire Hazard

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GPS maker Garmin has recalled 1.25 million units as several models were revealed to be potential fire hazards.

Garmin yesterday announced a product recall affecting several devices in the company's Nüvi line of GPSes. The company cited bad batteries from a specific manufacturer as the reason for the recall. The batteries have the potential to overheat when they are used in certain Garmin Nüvi models with a specific PCB (printed circuit board) design.

The recall involves 1.25 million devices, 750,000 of which were sold in the United States. Garmin says it has seen just 10 instances of the overheating problem, and none of them have resulted in injury or significant property damage. Affected model numbers are as follows: the 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number).

The Wall Street Journal reports that Garmin will be splitting the cost of the recall with the battery supplier in question and does not expect the recall to hurt its results.

To check if your model is affected visit www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall.

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    otacon72 , August 27, 2010 5:37 AM
    You're holding it wrong....
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    bob_white , August 27, 2010 5:16 AM
    I have 255W

    I'm safe !
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    otacon72 , August 27, 2010 5:37 AM
    You're holding it wrong....
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    chindoboi , August 27, 2010 5:53 AM
    I'm glad to see that Garmin has taken safe precautions to recall 1.25m units over 10 incidents...
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    ricardok , August 27, 2010 6:51 AM
    greghomeI think I have one in my car, not sure when It'l go off=Dshould put it in my brother's pocket

    Do you have insurance? If yes, let it burn baby, let it burn.. :p 
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    RabidFace , August 27, 2010 9:20 AM
    bob_whiteI have 255WI'm safe !


    Umm, that falls in the 250W category. :) 

    But, just like every electronic in the world, it's all how you use it :) 

    Just like all the people that still have a "Day 1" 360, that is still running strong, just like most 360 owners, never have had a problem.(not me included, own a day 1 80GB PS3)

    This Garmin problem sounds like people are leaving their GPS units in their car, no windows rolled down, in an already hot environment :) 
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    nxym , August 27, 2010 9:41 AM
    "You're holding it wrong...."


    its not funny anymore
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    david__t , August 27, 2010 10:11 AM
    These stories do make it sound like Garmin will actually be asking for 1.25m units back but that is not the case - the consumers have to be proactive and ask for their units to be repaired so the actual number of units fixed will be a lot lower than the sales numbers.
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    dcompart , August 27, 2010 11:57 AM
    @rabidface and bob_white, I just ran the serial on my 255w and the recall site stated, "Your device has not been recalled". So I'm assuming that it's not recalling units by 2xx or 25x, but a rather only specific models.

    Cheers, we're safe!
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    eyemaster , August 27, 2010 1:47 PM
    chindoboiI'm glad to see that Garmin has taken safe precautions to recall 1.25m units over 10 incidents...

    I don't expect that more than a few thousands will bring them in. The company saves face for little money by doing this. Good business practice.
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    Shadow703793 , August 27, 2010 3:49 PM
    eyemasterI don't expect that more than a few thousands will bring them in. The company saves face for little money by doing this. Good business practice.

    I seriously doubt 1.25 million unit recall would cost little.
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    someguynamedmatt , August 27, 2010 5:07 PM
    nxym"You're holding it wrong...."

    its not funny anymore


    ...every time someone says "You're holding it wrong...", I hear "But can it play Crysis?"

    Time to stop riding that 'joke' now, people...
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 5:48 PM
    This new white and blue layout is very annoying. It looks as if I have accidentally highlighted something.
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 6:15 PM
    Good to see Garmin being proactive about this. 10 instances isn't that much to issue a recall.
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    thebigt42 , August 27, 2010 6:32 PM
    chindoboiI'm glad to see that Garmin has taken safe precautions to recall 1.25m units over 10 incidents...

    They don't want the US GOV to scapegoat them like they did Toyota and FireStone
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    Camikazi , August 28, 2010 10:09 PM
    Shadow703793I seriously doubt 1.25 million unit recall would cost little.

    They mean that even though it affects 1.25 million, that only a few thousand will return their units, so Garmin looks good for recalling and save money since nowhere near the 1.25 mil will be returned.
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    arthur92710 , August 29, 2010 5:22 AM
    rabidfaceThis Garmin problem sounds like people are leaving their GPS units in their car, no windows rolled down, in an already hot environment


    What about built in GPS?
    Its an auto product and should be in automotive spec. If it cant stand the heat is should not give auto directions. Weather you its -140c or +140c. (Actual auto spec is -40c to +125c).
    .0008% fail rate? Um, expected losses? It cant be perfect. You have a better chance of someone burning up your car then a GPS over heating.
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    okibrian , August 30, 2010 1:34 AM
    Shadow703793I seriously doubt 1.25 million unit recall would cost little.

    If they are only repairing, not replacing, the 1.25 million unit then many may choose not to send it in because they would be without until the unit comes back repaired and because only 10 or so report haves ever been made on the product.
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    shortbus25 , August 30, 2010 11:11 AM
    Turn right here---> GPS on fire. Find your own directions.
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    ray-ng , August 30, 2010 11:30 AM
    Heh, Garmin GPS units are so hot, they're on fire! (Literally)
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    h82run , August 30, 2010 3:09 PM
    At least you can use it to find the local fire department.
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