Garmin is issuing a recall for some 1.25 million of its nüvi navigation devices.
The company said that the personal navigation devices were prone to an overheating problem that could potentially pose a fire hazard. The nüvi's printed circuit boards suffer from a condition that can cause the battery to heat up to dangerous levels.
Garmin said that thus far no serious property damage or physical injuries have been reported.
Most of the recalled nüvi systems will be found in the US, where roughly 796,000 of the 1.25 million affected devices were believed to be shipped, and a similar number of international units could be at risk. The company has set up a web site that 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 some 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 prone to interference issues when held a certain way. The company instead offered users free cases to remedy the issue.
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