Garmin Batteries Prone To Early Failure, Suit Says

By Gavin Broady (August 14, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT) -- GPS navigation device maker Garmin International Inc. was targeted in a proposed Kansas class action Tuesday alleging that the company's Nuvi-brand devices are sold with faulty lithium ion batteries that fail prematurely, forcing consumers to pay hefty battery replacement fees.

Plaintiff Brian Meyers says the Olathe, Kan.-based company sells the expensive portable GPS devices with no warning that the included battery is defective and prone to early failure and refuses to replace the batteries of devices even while they are still under warranty.

According to Meyers, Nuvi owners are left with three options after the built-in batteries in their devices fail:...

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