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Garmin Recalls 1.25M 'Fire Risk' Satnavs 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the hot-new-battery-tech dept.
Barence writes "Garmin is recalling 1.25 million of its nüvi satnavs after batteries overheated. 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.' Perhaps Garmin should also issue a software update that diverts drivers to their nearest fire station?"
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Garmin Recalls 1.25M 'Fire Risk' Satnavs

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  • Kudos (Score:4, Interesting)

    by RobinEggs (1453925) on Friday August 27, 2010 @05:07PM (#33398564)
    Kudos to Garmin for proactively recalling their own unit before anybody dies or they have a growing public relations nightmare on their hands. It's much better stewardship of their brand and care for their customers than we ever see from car companies or medical device manufacturers.

    Of course, it's also disheartening that the appropriate minimum response to discovering a serious flaw in one's product now feels extraordinary and laudable when viewed in the context of other major American manufacturer's current behavior.
  • Re:So (Score:3, Interesting)

    by icebike (68054) on Friday August 27, 2010 @05:51PM (#33398910)

    '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.'

    Its right there in the article and the summary.

    Mine was recalled. Its on its way back already. I'm hoping they just send a replacement unit, as satellite lock time was starting to increase beyond reason. Various forums indicate this is due to some small antenna connection that develops over time.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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