Garmin Announces Nüvi Recall

Yesterday, Garmin announced a voluntary recall of some 1.25 million nüvi 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT GPS receivers; 796,000 of those were sold in the U.S.

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 nüvi 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.

Check your serial number here. Fewer than 10 cases have been reported (thankfully, with no injuries, damages, or Discovery-Channel-worthy explosions). Engadget, GPS Tracklog, WSJ.