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Nvidia Shield Tablets Recalled Over Fire Hazard

The battery in some tablets can overheat, causing a potentially dangerous fire hazard.


Nvidia on Friday acknowledged a potentially serious design flaw with some of its Shield tablets and has issued a voluntary recall for the devices.

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The affected units are Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015. According to Nvidia, the company "determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard."

You can find out if your Nvidia Shield tablet is part of the recall by identifying the battery type. To do that, first make sure you have the latest software installed, then follow the instructions below.

  • From the Home screen in Android, select the Apps icon
  • Select the Settings icon
  • Scroll down, select About tablet
  • Select Status
  • Under the “Battery” category, you'll see Y01 or B01
  • If B01, your unit is NOT affected by this recall
  • If Y01, your unit needs to be replaced. Please select Y01 to launch the recall application on the device

If you have an affected unit, Nvidia will replace it free of charge You can visit this page for more information about how to replace your device.

The company also stresses that you should stop using recalled devices immediately, apart from as needed to complete the recall process. The recall does not apply to any other Nvidia products.

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