NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Because of Fire Risk


Did you buy one of these in the grey market?

NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet has become one of the few de-facto gaming tablets if you’re a serious Android gamer. Unfortunately, there’s a really big problem with them – they’re prone to catching fire.

That’s right – NVIDIA is recalling Shield tablets because the batteries in the tablet “can overheat and pose a fire hazard”. NVIDIA hasn’t elaborated what makes their Shield Tablet more prone to combusting compared to other devices understandably. The problem affects tablets that have been sold between July 2014 and July 2015, which, by the way, is almost the entire production run of the Shield Tablet.

The Consumer Product Safety Comission in the US are estimating that 83,000 tablets in the US and 5,000 in Canada are affected by this problem, with at least four reports of overheating have been reported, with two reporting damage to flooring. That means the tablets got so hot that they probably caught fire and damaged whatever flooring surface they were on.

Shield Tablet owners in the PH who bought the device via grey market or parallel imports need to go here to see if their tablets are affected by the recall. We’re not sure how the replacement will go for these tablets, though you can always email NVIDIA in the link to ask.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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