Garmin GPS recall

Garmin nüvi GPS Devices recalled

September 16, 2010 Health Canada announced a recall of Garmin nüvi GPS Devices.

The recall involves the battery in certain Garmin nüvi models of GPS devices. These batteries were manufactured by a third party supplier. Affected batteries can be found in nüvi devices with model number 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number). The model number, as well as the serial number, can be found on a label on the back or bottom of the nüvi. It is important to note that only some of the affected model numbers have the recalled battery.

What is the danger?

The danger to your safety is that the battery can overheat. This can pose a fire hazard.

There have been nine reports of the battery overheating in the United States.

At time of the recall neither Garmin nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries relating to the use of these products in Canada.

What should I do?
You should check your Garmin nüvi GPS device for the model and serial number (on back or bottom label). If the device has one of the affected model numbers, you should stop using the device and visit the nüvi battery recall website or contact Garmin for further instructions.

If you need more information, you may contact Garmin at 1-866-957-1981.

How many of these units were sold and where?

Over 19,000 units of the recalled Garmin nüvi have been sold at various retailers across Canada, including Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. They were sold from October 2007 to August 2010.

The manufacturer is Garmin International, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas with the product manufactured in Taiwan.

The unit was distributed by:

  • Best Buy Canada Ltd. of Burnaby, British Columbia ,
  • Greywood Sporting Goods of Brandon, Manitoba ,
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario