It would seem that there is a potential fire hazard to be found in Suzuki and Nissan cars but it’s not really their fault. The cars are being recalled however.

2009 Suzuki Equator
2009 Suzuki Equator

The recall is actually related to a supplier’s subcomponent, to be exact the navigation system which is a Garmin Nuvi series component. The cars equipped with 750, 760, or 765 models are being recalled for the same reason.

Garmin had already announced a voluntary recall of 1.25 million units of its popular Nuvi GPS units at the end of August as a result of some concerns that the batteries could overheat and eventually catch fire. With this in mind the cars that are equipped with this system are now quite seriously getting the same treatment.

The recalled Garmin units can be found on quite a lot of Suzuki vehicles ranging from the 2008-2010 model year SX4 crossovers, to the massive 2010 Grand Vitara SUVs, and 2009-2010 Equator vehicles. At the other side of the spectrum the 2008-2010 model years Nissan Altima, Frontier, Pahtfinder, Rogue, Sentra, Versa and Xterra vehicles.

In both cases, the automakers will go the normal course of notifying the owners of the affected models and once brought in for a service then the repairs will be performed by Garmin technicians who will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of the it, all of these being of course free of charge.