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Garmin Recalls 1.3M Nuvi GPS Devices

HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 04: A visitor holds a Garmin Nuvi navigator at the Garmin stand at the CeBIT technology fair the first day the fair opened to the public on March 4, 2008 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT, the world's largest technology trade fair, will run from March 4-9. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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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.

A website Garmin has set up so Nuvi users can see if their unit is affected lists the 200W, 250W, 260W, and 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number) as the models under recall.

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 closed up $.80 at $27.35 Wednesday.