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Garmin recalls 1.25 million GPS units for fire hazard

By Julianne Pepitone, staff reporter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Garmin is recalling 1.25 million GPS devices, most of which were sold in America, because their batteries could overheat and cause fires, the company said Thursday.

The affected units contain batteries made by a third-party supplier, and almost 800,000 were sold in America.

Garmin said it had received fewer than 10 reports involving certain "nüvi" GPS models, and no property damage or injuries occurred. But the company decided to recall the units due to "an abundance of caution."

Only GPS units with model numbers 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT, where xx is a two-digit number, may be affected.

Customers should visit www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall. If they own recalled units, Garmin will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of it for free. Owners should not try to remove the batteries on their own.

Garmin (GRMN) said it doesn't expect the recall to affect its financial performance. Shares fell 2.1% to close at $26.76 in New York.  To top of page

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