NVIDIA has announced a recall of SHIELD tablet computers because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and pose a fire hazard. There have been four reports of batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to flooring.
The recall includes about 88,000 tablets that were sold in the U.S. and Canada at GameStop stores and online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, GameStop.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect.com and other websites from July 2014 through July 2015 for between $300 and $400. The tablets have 8-inch touch screens. The SHIELD logo is on the back of the tablets and NVIDIA and the model/serial numbers are etched on the left edge. Model numbers P1761, P1761W and P1761WX and serial numbers 0410215901781 through 0425214604018 are included in this recall.
The recall only applies to tablets with a certain battery type, which can be verified by following NVIDIA’s instructions. After confirming the battery type, consumers immediately stop using the recalled tablets and contact NVIDIA to receive a free replacement.