There was a time when the Nook from Barnes and Noble was one of the top tablets on the market. Before the competition heated up, the Nook (like the Kindle) offered book lovers a convenient way to keep up with their favorite hobby.
However, as tablets became more and more powerful, offering features more aligned with computing than basic reading, eReaders like the Nook struggled to keep up.
Sales for the Nook have been on the decline for several years, even to the point where speculation was spreading that this tablet may be disappearing altogether. But, in what seemed to be a final effort to revitalize consumer interest, Barnes and Noble launched the brand new Nook 7 this past fall. Just in time for Christmas.
Back in December, trouble began popping up for those who bought this new tablet. A backdoor was discovered within the Nook's software that allowed hackers to easily install spyware.
Now, matters have become even worse for those who'd hoped for the best from their new tablets. Barnes and Noble announced that it is pulling the Nook 7 from shelves.
The spyware issue was originally believed to be what led to this massive recall. However, representatives of Barnes and Noble are stating that the recall is due to faulty accessories. Charging adapters included with the tablets have been found to be defective.
How bad is the issue? The recall was triggered in response to three various incidents where the charger malfunctioned in a potentially dangerous manner. In one case, the charger broke apart while plugged into the socket.
What you need to do
Barnes & Noble just announced it is recalling its power adapters sold with the NOOK Tablet 7. The recalled adapters bear these markings: model number TPA-95A050100UU, manufacture date 201610. The NOOK Tablet 7" model number BNTV450 is located on the back of the NOOK.
What's happening is, the casing on some of these adapters are coming off when plugged into an electrical outlet. That exposes a metal prong, causing a dangerous electric shock hazard. Around 147,000 adapters are affected.
Consumers are being warned to stop using the recalled power adapters immediately. If you own one you need to register online for a free replacement adapter along with a Barnes & Noble $5 gift card. Click here to register for a replacement adapter.
Once registered, you will be able to print a pre-paid UPS label to return the recalled adapter to Barnes & Noble. You will receive a replacement adapter in the mail. Until you receive the replacement, you can charge your NOOK through your computer using a USB cable.