Nvidia issues total recall on overheating Shield Tablets
To understand whether you're eligible for a recall or not, make sure your Shield tablet is updated to the latest software, dated July 1 or newer (consult the Settings > About tablet > System Updates). Then go to the Settings > About tablet > Status, and check out the tiny text under the Battery category. If it says "B01", you're gold, but if you see "Y01", it means your tablet is due for replacement.
Affected units will also receive notifications that include the device's serial number and a link to a tablet recall page on Nvidia's website. You will have to agree to get your original tablet "deactivated remotely and rendered unusable" as part of the process, so be sure to back-up any data that you don't want to have erased.
On a side note, we totally didn't expect our April fools' joke about Nvidia and overheating to become a reality, but hey, such is life sometimes!