Fitbit Remembers Smartwatch Over Burn Hazard

San Francisco resident Laurie Farr tries out a Fitbit Ionic

Andrew Evers, CNBC

The US Client Product Security Fee stated on Wednesday that Google-owned Fitbit is recalling its Ionic smartwatch attributable to a burn threat.

The company stated that about a million Ionic watches have been bought within the US, in addition to about 700,000 internationally.

The CPSC stated the lithium-ion batteries in smartwatches can overheat, which may trigger burns. The CPSC stated shoppers ought to cease utilizing the Ionic watches instantly and call Fitbit to provoke a return of the gadget. After returning the gadget, shoppers will probably be issued a $299 refund and a 40% low cost code on choose Fitbit gadgets.

The company stated Fitbit has acquired not less than 115 reviews of the battery within the Watch overheating within the US, together with 78 burn accidents, two reviews of third-degree burns and 4 reviews of second-degree burns. Internationally, the corporate acquired 59 reviews of overheating, of which 40 have been burn accidents.

A Fitbit spokesperson stated irritation is uncommon. The recall does not lengthen to the corporate’s different smartwatches or health trackers.

Google introduced in 2019 that it was buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion at a completely diluted fairness worth. The deal, which closed final yr, was meant to assist increase Google’s presence within the wearables market.

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