TECH
08/26/2010 03:47 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Garmin Nuvi Recall: The Essential Information

Garmin has announced that it will be recalling around 1.3 million Nuvi GPS devices from around the world due to issues with the gadget's batteries.

Garmin said it had "identified potential overheating issues" that can make the Nuvi GPS device a fire hazard.

Garmin said the battery supplier has agreed to share the cost of replacing the battery packs and that the recall will not have a material affect on its financial results. According to Garmin, the defective Nuvi GPS include those with the following model numbers: 200W, 250W, 260W, and the Nuvi 7XX (where xx is a two-digit number). The Nuvi model number is located on the label on the back or bottom of the GPS device.

The company said owners should not attempt to remove or service the battery on their own, and asked that any affected unit be taken to a Garmin-authorized facility.

Garmin issued a recall in 2009 of its BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data cards. PC World explained at the time, "the 2009 version of Garmin's BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data cards provides inaccurate indications of the depth of the water off the coast of Sweden and Denmark."

Nuvi owners were directed to this site to see if their device has been recalled.