Garmin Recall Extends to Suzuki Vehicles

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Garmin’s recall troubles are extending beyond the 1.2 million nuvi portable GPS devices recalled late in August. Now Suzuki is recalling certain vehicles equipped with a Garmin nuvi navigation system.

Both recalls are due to a battery that overheats in a small number of cases.

Suzuki issued a recall for the Equator 2009-2010, the Grand Vitara 2010 and the SX4 2008-2010 as a result of the Garmin problem, said

Suzuki will notify owners and a technician will replace the battery free and adjust the navigation device free of charge.

Approximately two weeks ago, Garmin announced the recall of standalone portable GPS devices, also due to a battery overheating. At the time it said the hot battery was found in only 10 cases and no injuries were reported, but it decided to be proactive. The battery was supplied by a third party which agreed to share in the recall costs, said Garmin. Models impacted include some 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT devices.

Suzuki owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 or at


Photo: Suzuki Equator

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