Nvidia has today urged gamers to stop using its eight-inch Shield tablets, and send them back to base, because they are a fire risk.
Nearly 90,000 units in America and Canada have been recalled over fears they will burn players.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a recall notice that there have been four reported cases of Shield batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to people's floors after they set the tablets down.
The graphics chip giant said in an alert:
Nvidia has determined the battery in these tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard. As part of this recall, Nvidia will be replacing the tablet.
Nvidia is asking customers to submit a claim for a replacement device. Nvidia is also asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data. Consumers will receive a replacement tablet after registering to participate in the recall.
The affected models were sold between July 2014 and July 2015. Model numbers P1761, P1761W, and P1761WX and serial numbers 0410215901781 through 0425214604018 are considered dodgy. They were sold via GameStop stores, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, GameStop.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect.com, and other websites.
Now considering the Shield only went on sale in July 2014 and we're still in July 2015, you might be under the impression that the recall affects all the Shields ever sold, but Nvidia insists this isn't so.
Nvidia added that the tablets come with two types of battery. If users go to the Settings menu, check Status, and then click the battery button they'll see it's marked either Y01 or B01. It's the Y01 battery type that's the dangerous one, and B01 users don't need to worry.
Nevertheless, the recall includes 83,000 fondleslabs sold in the US, and 5,000 sold in Canada. While Nvidia hasn't released Shield sales numbers as yet, that's got to be a fairly high percentage of the gaming tablet's sales. ®