Nvidia is recalling some of the SHIELD tablets sold within the year after receiving reports of batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to flooring.
Nvidia says that the recall involves about 83,000 (in addition, 5,000 were sold in Canada) devices that had been sold 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 devices had 8-inch touch screens, model numbers P1761, P1761W and P1761WX and serial numbers 0410215901781 through 0425214604018. NVIDIA and the model and serial numbers are etched on the left side edge of the tablets.
The problem is that the lithium-ion battery in the tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Nvidia urges consumers to immediately stop using the tablets and contact the company for instructions on receiving a free replacement tablet.