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Nvidia recalls Shield tablets

A fire hazard forces Nvidia to recall as many as 88,000 Shield tablets.

Nvidia announced on Friday that it will be recalling Shield tablets that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015. The reason for this recall is that the tablet can overheat so much that it can pose a fire hazard. According to the company, this will affect 83,000 sold in the United States and another 5,000 Shield tablets sold in Canada. Fortunately, no other devices are being recalled, and do not seem to have any problems.

A spokesman for Nvidia has said that they have received four reports of overheating with the device, and the Shield even left flooring damaged in two of the cases. The cause of the issue is said to be thermal runaway, in which a temperature increase for the device only leads to a higher and higher temperature, ending sometimes in damage or a fire. Owners of the device can check if they have a faulty device by checking the status field in the settings section. Only those with the status of Y01 are at risk.

While Nvidia has created the Shield tablet to fit the needs of a small crowd, recalls such as this one can prove to be incredibly costly for manufacturers. Hopefully once this issue is resolved, Nvidia will do everything in its power to make sure it never happens again.


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Joseph Lambert, 2015-07-31 (Update: 2015-08- 2)