Barnes & Noble has pulled its latest Nook from sale over safety fears. The Nook Tablet 7 is currently unavailable from the company’s online and physical stores. Furthermore, existing owners of the Nook Tablet 7 are advised not to charge their devices using the supplied adapter.
On paper, the Nook Tablet 7 looks to be a contender. Here we have an eReader and Android tablet in one device costing just $50. However, just one month after release, security researchers discovered the Nook Tablet 7 contained the ADUPS spyware. Now, one month later, Barnes & Noble has pulled the Nook Tablet 7 off its shelves completely.
This was first spotted by a Reddit user claiming to work for the retailer. It has since been confirmed by Barnes & Noble itself. The problem isn’t the ADUPS spyware as some people were speculating. Instead, faulty chargers are to blame for Barnes & Noble’s latest woes.
The Nook Tablet 7 May Be Recalled
A Barnes & Noble representative told Android Police:
“Barnes and Noble is investigating three reported cases involving the adapter sold with the Nook Tablet 7. The specific issue involves the adapter casing breaking apart while still in the socket.”
“This does not affect the Nook device itself. With no injuries reported and out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that customers stop using the adapter until we provide a replacement adapter.”
In the meantime, Barnes & Noble are advising Nook Tablet 7 owners to charge their device “using a computer”. Barnes & Noble is also reportedly working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to “determine the details of a public product recall”.
What’s Likely to Happen Next?
Barnes & Noble is likely to find alternative chargers to supply with the Nook Tablet 7. At which point the product should be made available to buy once more. In this scenario, existing owners will be sent a new charger for free, or given the chance to return their device for a refund.
Do you currently own a Nook Tablet 7? Have you noticed anything wrong with the charger? How will you be charging your Nook from now on? Could this be a fatal blow for Barnes & Noble? Or is it likely to keep on keeping on? Please let us know in the comments below!