Nvidia recalls Shield Tablets over fire hazard

August 3, 2015 | 11:09

Tags: #battery #consumer-safety #lithium-ion #overheat #product-recall #recall #shield-tablet

Companies: #nvidia

Nvidia has announced a global recall of its Shield gaming tablet, following the discovery of a potential fire hazard from the lithium-ion batteries contained within.

Launched in 2014 as the successor to the controller-console hybrid Nvidia Shield, the Shield Tablet packed the company's Tegra K1 system-on-chip processor behind an 8" IPS Full HD display, and promised both the ability to run native Android software as well as Shield-optimised games while also streaming PC games from a desktop or laptop equipped with compatible GeForce graphics card.

Now, though, the company has warned that the product is hot in more ways than one: units sold between July 2014 and July 2015 have been found to suffer from a battery overheating flaw which can pose a fire hazard. Affecting only the 8" Shield Tablet, and not the original Project Shield device, models with the problem can be spotted by looking for "Y01" under the Battery category of the Status screen, found in the About Tablet section of Android's Settings screen. Machines with "B01" under Battery are not affected.

Thus far, no members of the public have come forward to report any fires as a result of the flaw - but with the risk present, Nvidia is clearly taking no chances and is looking to issue replacement units with new battery systems to all those potentially affected.

Those with affected tablets are asked to cease their use and to fill in the form at the official recall site in order to receive a replacement tablet. The recall covers all units sold world-wide, Nvidia has confirmed.
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