Technology firm Nvidia has issued a widespread recall of its Shield gaming tablet due to a fire hazard stemming from the overheating of its battery. No details were provided about the circumstances from which the fire risk might arise.
The recall effects owners who purchased the tablet between the device's launch in July 2014 and today. Nvidia will be replacing the recalled units, and have set up a web page dedicated to helping customers with the process. Nividia recommends that users only use their tablet to back up files and to participate in the recall.
The page reads:
The Shield is an Android-based gaming device which was release on 29 July 2014. It hasn't made a huge impact on the gaming world but is regarded as the best Android gaming device on the market. Nvidia bill it as "the ultimate portable gaming family".
Prior to release Nvidia talked up the Shield's ability to deal with an overheating battery, claiming the extra thermal dissipation of its design was double that of a typical tablet due to the intensity of running full video games regularly.