Nvidia Recalls 88000 Shield Tablets Due to Fire Hazard

Tech company Nvidia has just issued a voluntary recall of about 88,000 of its Shield eight-inch tablets. If you bought your Shield between July 2014 and July 2015, it seems you might need to worry about the tablet catching fire. The good news is Nvidia will replace the one in your hands absolutely free.

EUNvidia has determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard,EU the company said in a statement. EUThe recall does not affect any other Nvidia products.EU

Shield customers with tablets that match the sell dates can visit NvidiaEUs Web site to find out how to get new devices. Meanwhile, the company is asking people to stop using the recalled tablets other than to back up their data and to register for the recall.

A Supplier Issue

We turned to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his thoughts on the danger -- and the recall. He told us overheating and even fires are recurring problems with lithium-ion technology.

EUIf you charge it fast, or screw up the formulation, it often has a tendency to overheat and it makes for a nasty and rather hot fire,EU Enderle said. EUWeEUve had issues with phones, laptops -- and a lithium-ion pack for my electric bike nearly burned down my home and put the bike manufacturer out of business.EU

Enderle is quick to point out that the battery isnEUt core Nvidia technology. In other words, itEUs a supplier problem and the supplier will likely bear most, if not all, of the cost of the recall. Nvidia is doing the right thing with the voluntary recall, because even though the odds of a lethal fire are low itEUs not wise to take risks with this kind of a problem, he said.

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Nvidia Recalls 88000 Shield Tablets Due to Fire Hazard

Tech company Nvidia has just issued a voluntary recall of about 88,000 of its Shield eight-inch tablets. If you bought your Shield between July 2014 and July 2015, it seems you might need to worry about the tablet catching fire. The good news is Nvidia will replace the one in your hands absolutely free.

EUNvidia has determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard,EU the company said in a statement. EUThe recall does not affect any other Nvidia products.EU

Shield customers with tablets that match the sell dates can visit NvidiaEUs Web site to find out how to get new devices. Meanwhile, the company is asking people to stop using the recalled tablets other than to back up their data and to register for the recall.

A Supplier Issue

We turned to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his thoughts on the danger -- and the recall. He told us overheating and even fires are recurring problems with lithium-ion technology.

EUIf you charge it fast, or screw up the formulation, it often has a tendency to overheat and it makes for a nasty and rather hot fire,EU Enderle said. EUWeEUve had issues with phones, laptops -- and a lithium-ion pack for my electric bike nearly burned down my home and put the bike manufacturer out of business.EU

Enderle is quick to point out that the battery isnEUt core Nvidia technology. In other words, itEUs a supplier problem and the supplier will likely bear most, if not all, of the cost of the recall. Nvidia is doing the right thing with the voluntary recall, because even though the odds of a lethal fire are low itEUs not wise to take risks with this kind of a problem, he said.

EUThe only right way to deal with...

Comments are closed.