It’s a rare occurrence for GPS manufacturers, but it does occasionally happen – Garmin has recalled numerous products from their nüvi product range as they potentially suffer from a risk of over heating.
GPS manufacturer Garmin has recalled numerous models of their autonomous GPS systems (PND or Personal Navigation Devices) from the nüvi family after having noticed that there was an over heating risk on some models. Devices using a specific circuit board (PCB) and battery provided by certain suppliers are behind the problem.
Not all models in the Garmin nüvi PND range are concerned, with the overheating problem having only been seen in less than a dozen cases, without anyone getting hurt.
Some models in some of the Nüvi family ranges Despite this, Garmin doesn’t want to take any risks and has recalled a potential 1.25 million nüvi PND’s, with almost 800 000 devices located in the United States while the others come from the rest of the world. The affected devices are referenced 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT.
A specific site has been set up providing all information to users so that they can enter their serial number to see if their device is affected. If the model is on the recalled products list, a procedure to follow will be provided so that the device can be returned for free to the manufacturer so that some modifications can be made before being returned, still for free, to the owner.
This recall shouldn’t financially affect Garmin, as the battery supplier will be paying for all costs related to the recall and repair of affected devices.