Garmin has said that certain models of its nuvi line have been recalled due to a fire hazard with the non-removable battery within the device. Since the user can not easily change the battery on his/her own, the company is asking those affected to check to see if their device is affected and send to the company for repair.
Only 10 devices within these models have so far been confirmed to have the actual problem, however Garmin has decided to recall all possibly affected devices as a safety precaution. The exact cause of the overheating issue — which leads to the possibility of the device catching fire — is not known.
The issue affects the following models:
- Garmin 200W
- Garmin 250W and 260W
- Garmin 7xxW series (the xx is a two digit number)
Garmin has set up a special website to see if your nuvi device is affected, and its estimated about 765,000 units were sold that potentially could be part of the recall.
Users who attempt the repair on their own would void their warranty. The battery, as well as a spacer to prevent any future overheating issues would be installed by Garmin for those devices returned through recall. It appears the original devices would be returned to their owners, and not replaced with brand new models.