PC case and peripheral maker NZXT has recalled its H1 mini-ITX case resulting from the opportunity of a fireplace hazard beneath regular use (through Tom’s Hardware). In the event you used the steel screws included with the $350 case to safe your graphics card or different PCIe machine to the riser, there was an opportunity you’d create sparks, or a fireplace, if it got here into contact with a hint within the printed circuit board.
NZXT appeared to know this in late 2020 when it opted to ship out nylon plastic screw kits for H1 house owners (upon request) to make use of rather than the steel ones. However it didn’t concern a full recall at that time, as a substitute opting to renew promoting the case. It initially stated that the difficulty affected “fewer than ten H1 cases,” however extra not too long ago YouTube channel Gamers Nexus argued that the nylon screws don’t remedy the basis downside. If house owners ever switched to utilizing a steel screw within the rise, they’d reintroduce the opportunity of a fireplace. It might additionally spell bother for individuals who use steel screws and aren’t conscious of the difficulty.
Avid gamers Nexus helped to additional expose this hazard in a sequence of movies (right here’s elements one, two, and three), displaying its work alongside the way in which, which primarily proved the design to be flawed — and harmful. In keeping with its analysis (and confirmed by NZXT in the FAQ section of this post), the screw’s thread can brush up in opposition to the hint within the circuitry because it’s twisted into place. Avid gamers Nexus labored with NZXT and the Client Product Security Fee (CPSC), a authorities company, which issued a Fast Track recall of the PC case on February 12th. CPSC says it is best to cease utilizing the recalled case, a state of affairs which isn’t handy ever — particularly throughout a pandemic when it’s harder to get a unique case rapidly.
The recall impacts 32,000 circumstances bought within the US, together with about 1,024 bought in Canada. The CPSC notes that the recall entails “cases with model numbers CA-H16WR-W1 (matte white) and CA-H16WR-B1 (matte black) and serial numbers 1200233400001 to 1203962204202, 00648999610844189725 to 00648999610844206361, and 0120AC00100001 to 01211C01900285.” Yow will discover that information on the underside of the case.
As famous on the CPSC website, should you’re affected, you possibly can name NZXT toll-free at 888-965-5520 from 11AM to 9PM ET (8AM to 6PM PT) Monday by way of Friday, or contact the corporate by e mail at [email protected] or on-line at https://info.nzxt.com/h1-recall/ or www.nzxt.com and click on on “Contact” then “Customer Support” for extra data.