Suzuki Recalls Equator, Grand Vitara, SX4 For Fire Hazard From Garmin Satnav

September 7, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that Garmin had recalled over 1.3 million GPS units due to a problem with the devices' batteries. When mated to Garmin circuit boards, those cells have a tendency to overheat, causing a fire hazard. Now that recall has bled over to Suzuki, which is recalling three models that make use of Garmin's satnav devices.

Suzuki's recall affects the Equator (from model years 2009 and 2010), the Grand Vitara (2010), and the SX4 (2008, 2009, 2010). The recall includes only those vehicles that came equipped with Garmin satnav systems -- specifically the Nuvi 750, 760, or 765. In all, Suzuki says that 20,692 vehicles are affected. From the webpage that Garmin has built to address the recall, it doesn't appear that the overheating has led to any injuries, although some damage to property has occurred.

If you own one of the affected vehicles, there are several places to turn for additional information. Your Suzuki dealer may have the most up-to-date details about fixes (scheduled to begin later this month), but you might also take a look at www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall. You can also reach out and touch Garmin at 866-957-1981, Suzuki at 887-697-8985, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.

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