Garmin recalls 1.25m "fire hazard" satnavs
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 27 Aug 2010 at 10:14
Garmin is recalling 1.25 million of its nüvi satnavs after batteries overheated, with UK customers among those affected by the flaw.
According to Garmin, the issue only affects devices containing batteries manufactured within a set date range by a third-party supplier and that have a specific printed circuit board 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 company said in a statement. “Although there have been no injuries or significant property damage caused by this issue, Garmin is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.”
Garmin said 796,000 of the devices were sold in the US, and although a spokesperson confirmed that the batteries were included in satnavs sold in the UK, she could not say how many would be recalled in Britain.
The problem is found in the nüvi 200W, 250W, 260W devices and in the nüvi 7xx range.
Customers concerned about the issue can head to Garmin’s recall site, where they will be asked to enter a serial number to see whether their device is a potential fire risk.
- Switching from iPhone to Android: what I miss, what I don't
- Tech City: Easy to score when you move the goalposts
- How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage
- Why is Google pumping more money into Firefox?
- Sky Broadband Shield review
- Samsung Galaxy S4: how to double your battery life
- Motorola Moto G review: first look
- IBM Watson meets Willy Wonka
- Google’s support policies shove users towards Chrome
- The importance of load balancing
- Windows Phone App Studio: an easy way to create your first Windows Phone 8 app
- The end of Windows XP support: what it really means for businesses
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Using Buffer to manage your social media
- Microsoft needs its own Steve Jobs
- Forget credit cards: hackers want your Facebook account
- Can't get fast enough broadband? Here's what to do
- Leap Motion and the battle against UI stagnation
- How to build a really bad network