Bad news for Garmin today, with the announcement that the PND company is recalling around 1.25m nuvi GPS systems over concerns that third-party batteries may overheat and, potentially, cause fires. Owners of Garmin nuvi 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number) PNDs should check out the company's special site, punch in the serial number and see if they're affected; if so, the unit will have to be sent back (at no cost, naturally) for battery replacement.
Massive recalls in the notebook market are nothing new. There were hundreds of thousands of notebooks from a variety of makers recalled in years past due to fire hazard from faulty batteries.
It seems like every time I think battery recalls for notebooks are over, they start back up again. There were huge recalls back in 2008 on notebook batteries that were overheating and posed a fire risk. In some of the higher profile cases, the notebook batteries actually exploded and caused damage to property.
It's never good for a company to have to recall their product. Furthermore, it's down-right awful when they have to recall their products because they're hurting people, but that's exactly what's happening to Targus right now. Unfortunately for the company that manufactures the Universal Wall Power Adapter for laptops, it has had to make a major recall after reports started coming in of over-heating connector tips.
The last time Nokia issued a massive recall on its mobile devices it was for faulty battery packs. Nokia today issued a recall that covers about 14 million mobile phone chargers that the company says were built by a third party.
Over the last few years, the cause of many recalls on all sorts of electronics products like notebooks has been faulty batteries. A few years back a wide range of notebooks were recalled due to faulty batteries that posed a fire hazard. Coby Electronics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a product recall on a Coby portable DVD player.
At just $29, Durabrand's DVD players were selling like hot cakes at Walmart stores. Unfortunately it turns out that they're also going up in flames like hot coals, so the retailer is having to recall around 1.5m of them. Apparently there have been twelve reported cases of the Durabrand player overheating, with five going on to catch fire and cause "property damage".
The Acer Predator line of gaming PCs is well known for its blazing fast speed and high octane graphics capability. But did you know they could potentially "blaze" a hole through your desk? Well, maybe not quite, but they definitely pose a fire hazard, so says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.