Fitbit has issued a product recall on 1.7m of its fitness watches over reports of ‘burn hazard’ to users – do you own one?
They’ve transformed the way people monitor their own health by tracking their blood pressure, stress levels, and showing the calories burned following exercise when used alongside fitness apps but some of the popular step-counting devices have been causing physical burns on users’ arms.
It comes after smartwatches were said to contain more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Now the US safety commission has issued an official warning after receiving reports that the watch’s lithium-ion battery was overheating and burning some users.
The firm, which was recently bought by Google, has sold around 1m fitness watches in the US and 700,000 internationally.
And the watch which is worn to monitor them while sleeping, was recalled after Fitbit received 174 reports of its battery overheating – with 118 people reporting burns. Two of these reported third-degree burns while four others reported second-degree burns.
Fitbit recalls fitness watches: Which Fitbits have been recalled?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fitbit recalls the following fitness watches
Ionic FB503CPBU – Slate Blue/Burnt Orange
Ionic FB503GYBK – Charcoal/Smoke Gray
Ionic FB503WTGY – Blue Gray/Silver Gray
Ionic FB503WTNV – Adidas edition, Ink Blue and Ice Gray/Silver Gray
A message to our users: Customer safety is always Fitbit’s top priority and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve announced a voluntary recall of Fitbit Ionic smartwatches. Please visit https://t.co/1p0SOTzgQy. Thank you for your continued support. pic.twitter.com/IvVtYs53md
— fitbit (@fitbit) March 2, 2022
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