Last year Nvidia released a tablet that many of us here in Australia would have love to have purchased but most didn’t. It was an 8 inch tablet with some amazing specifications, definitely a handy successors to our 2013 Nexus 7’s. Unfortunately it failed to materialise in any kind of release in Australia forcing many to go off-shore to source one. The Shield was not a massive seller in the tablet world for some reason and now 12 months on Nvidia are voluntarily recalling almost 88,000 Shield tablets.
Any Nvidia Shield tablet sold between July of last year and July of this year has been recalled by Nvidia. The tablets are being recalled due to an issue with the battery where it may overheat due to the “thermal runaway” and potentially catch fire. While none have actually done so Nvidia are on the front foot with this and are replacing all the tablets purchased within this time. While there has only been four reports (yes, only 4) of overheating and two of damage to the flooring of the tablet it has been enough for Nvidia to recall the 83000 tablets sold in the US and 5000 sold in Canada. As well as the recall Shield owners are being encouraged to stop using the tablets immediately to prevent any possible issues from occurring.
While there are not many Aussies with this tablet we do know of a few people who purchased this through various means. If you are one and your model is P1761, P1761W or P1761WX with serial numbers of 0410215901781 through 0425214604018 then you should head over to the Nvidia recall website and register for your replacement tablet. You may need to use a mail forwarder to receive this replacement so keep that in mind.
Are you one of those affected by this recall? Will you get yours replaced? Will we start seeing other manufacturers start recalling products due to overheating?