Nvidia Recalls Shield Tablets Due To Fire Hazard

Posted: Aug 1 2015, 3:52am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 1 2015, 4:45am CDT, in News | Technology News


Nvidia Recalls 88000 Tablets due to Fire Hazard
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  • Nvidia recalls 88000 tablets due to over-heating fire hazard!

The batteries in the 8 inches tablet by Nvidia are at risk of over-heating.

On Friday the official website of Nvidia announced its Shield tablets are a fire hazards. More than 88000 tablets are being recalled by Nvidia. All the tablets were sold from 2014 to 2015.

According to Nvidia the batteries are prone to over-heating. The over-heating of the batteries is a fire hazard.  

Nvidia also revealed other shield products do not have the fire hazard. Only the tablets pose a fire hazard. Other products such as Android TV set-top box and the Shield gaming portable are safe.

The recall by Nvidia is voluntary. Users can send in their Nvidia tablets if they feel the tablet heats up. Then the users will be provided with a replacement soon after. 

More than 83000 of the tablets recalled were sold in the US. An additional 5000 were sold in China. Previously Nvidia received more than four reports of battery over-heating complaints.

In two cases the battery had caused severe damage to the flooring of the users. The battery had over-heated due to thermal runaway and resulted in a fire.

Nvidia has released and online form where users can submit their tablets for replacement. Nvidia has instructed users to back up their data from the tablets.

Customers with the Y01 batteries pose a fire hazard. The shield tablets by Nvidia are built for gamers.

The shield tablets by Nvidia are best known for their powerful graphical content. The tablets come in two options.

The 16GB option costs $299 while the 32GB option is worth $399.  Other brands such as Samsung and Dell have also faced similar battery problems. 

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