After two vessel groundings in Swedish and Danish waters that were tied to faulty chart data, Garmin recently decided to recall all its 2009 BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data cards everywhere on the globe. A commendable move by the GPS/electronic chart company in its efforts to fix the problem.
From the press release: Out of an abundance of caution, Garmin has voluntarily chosen to globally recall its 2009 version of BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data cards. In certain waters, there are inaccuracies and/or omissions in the way that this specific version of charting represents depth contours and depth areas, resulting in the depiction of water depth as deeper than the actual depth under certain display conditions.
BlueChart g2 VisionBoaters should not use BlueChart g2 or g2 Vision 2009 data cards, dated March 2009, for navigation. Any boater who owns BlueChart g2 or g2 Vision v2009 will be given a replacement traditional BlueChart card or g2 Vision card v2008.5 (dated July 2008) free of charge and will also receive the 2009 card free of charge when it is re-released. Affected customers may contact their retailer or Garmin directly at 1-800-800-1020, email email@example.com, or visit www.garmin.com/bluechartrecall.
Garmin apologizes for this inconvenience and is working diligently to ensure that boaters can rely on future versions of BlueChart.