Garmin Recalls 1.3M GPS Devices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Navigation device maker Garmin Ltd. said Wednesday it is recalling roughly 1.3 million Nuvi GPS devices worldwide because their batteries have the potential to overheat and create a fire hazard.

About 796,000 of the GPS units were sold in the U.S.

Garmin said that certain batteries provided by a separate company have overheated in some Nuvi models. The company said it has identified fewer than 10 cases of overheating, none of which produced any property damage or injury.

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.

It 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 shares fell by a penny to $26.54 in late morning trading.

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