Garmin is recalling approximately 1.25 million GPS systems. A potential fire hazard endangers users of the unit known as the Garmin Nuvi. Recall alerts nevertheless only cover certain models. Milestone AV disclosed failing flat screen TV mounts. Are you affected?
Behind the Garmin Nuvi Recall
Garmin alerted consumers that a battery malfunction may cause some Nuvi (or “nüvi”) GPS units to overheat. Placing blame for the massive alert — according to ZDNet — the Garmin Nuvi recall involves about 1.25 million units, of which 796,000 units were sold to American users on a “third-party battery supplier.” The company is seeking to mitigate its damages.
Garmin points out that some batteries may cause the Nuvi to overheat, which could then present a fire hazard. Even so, the company asserts that there are no reports of injuries or “significant property damage.” Consumers should check their GPS system’s model numbers for possible inclusion in the recall.
Garmin Nuvi recall numbers: nüvi 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx (7 followed by a two-digit number)
Milestone AV Technologies Recalls 131,000 Flat Screen TV Wall Mounts
Consumers with flat screen television sets may also wish to check products’ serial numbers on the wall mounts. Milestone AV Technologies issued press releases urging customers to return their Sanus VisionMount LF228 and Sanus Simplicity model SLF2 mounts, which they may have purchased for attaching flat screen televisions to walls.
Slipped elbow joint threads initially cause tilting of the appliance. Depending on the weight of the TV, it may also result in flat screens separating from the walls entirely. Milestone AV Technologies pointed out that only a “small percentage of the models in question” are affected by the problem, but all of them are nevertheless on recall.
Anybody See a Great Deal on a Used Garmin?
Be wary of these goods suddenly appearing at unbelievably good prices on various online sales venues. Even though it is illegal to knowingly resell recalled merchandise, this legal fine point does not prevent such items from nonetheless appearing for sale.
This practice led MSNBC to warn consumers to carefully check items they purchased at garage sales and thrift stores but also on major online auction sites, such as eBay. Of course, the flipside of this warning is the fact that a Garmin Nuvi for sale may actually represent a fixed or otherwise safe unit.
In the cases of the Garmin Nuvi recall and the Milestone AV Technologies alert, the customer will be wise to ask a few extra questions of such sellers.