Nvidia Tablets Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
Nvidia is recalling Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 due to a defect in their battery that could cause them to catch on fire. Nvidia is issuing this recall in response to reports from US consumers who have said that thermal runaway occurred. Thermal runaway is when temperatures continue to increase without stopping.
According to the recall, customers with a battery reading “Y01” should be concerned. Customers with batteries reading “B01” have nothing to worry about. Customers with affected tablets should get in touch with Nvidia. There is a registration page for owners of tablets that are affected by the recall. Starting there is likely the best option.
Nvidia will replace affected tablets with new tablets that do not have the issue of potentially catching on fire. It has not been made public exactly how many tablets Nvidia would be replacing if all of them came back.
Rather than wait for the government to step in, the company has decided to move ahead with replacing them on its own. Most customers have not experienced the same fire hazard problem, but the company wants to replace their tablets all the same, and for them to stop using them.
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