CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears

Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:02pm EDT
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(Corrects headline and first paragraph to say Nvidia was recalling some tablets, not all. Corrects to say company will replace Shield tablets with battery types that test Y01, not all 83,000 tablets, in paragraph 3)

* To recall some Shield tablets sold in the US

* Says batteries can overheat, posing fire hazard

* Shield is targeted at gaming enthusiasts

July 31 (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some of its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The Android-based tablet, which has a price tag of $300-$400, is targeted at gaming enthusiasts and comes equipped with batteries that are made to last longer.

Nvidia, better known for its graphics chips, said it would replace Shield tablets with battery types that test Y01 it sold in the United States since the product's launch in July 2014.

Nvidia spokesman Hector Marinez said the company will "continue to aggressively adopt best practices to avoid such concerns in the future."

"Products containing lithium-ion batteries have been the subject of numerous recalls across the electronics industry," Marinez told Reuters, adding that the costs associated with the recall are not expected to be significant.   Continued...