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Navigation Systems Batteries Cause Garmin Recall

Garmin is issuing a recall for 1.25 million of its nuvi navigation devices.

The company said that the personal navigation devices were prone to an overheating problem which could potentially lead to a fire hazard. The nuvi's printed circuit boards suffer from a condition which can cause the battery to heat up to dangerous levels.

Garmin said that so far no serious property damage or physical injuries have been reported.

Most of the recalled nuvi systems will be found in the US, where roughly 796,000 of the 1.25 million effected devices were believed to have been shipped, and a similar number of international units could be at risk too.

The company has set up a website which allows users to check serial numbers and obtain further information about the recall.

The company said that it does not expect to take a major financial hit from the recall.

In the past, battery recalls have proven costly to hardware vendors and suppliers. Sony was forced to pay steep costs when, in 2006, notebook vendors recalled six million of the company's battery packs due to overheating concerns.

Many called on Apple to issue a recall of iPhone 4 handsets earlier this year when reports surfaced that the handsets were launched with signal interference problems when held a certain way. covering one side of the handset. The company instead offered users free cases to remedy the issue and stop peopel from holding the phone in the way that makes the problem occur.

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