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Fitbit recalls over one million Ionic smartwatch­es over burn injury risk


Google-owned Fitbit has recalled more than a million of its Ionic smartwatch­es following reports that overheatin­g batteries had caused burn injuries, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Wednesday.

The regulator said Fitbit had received at least 115 reports in the United States and 59 from overseas, including cases where the overheatin­g led to third- and second-degree burns.

The total reports in the CPSC announceme­nt represente­d less than 0.01% of the units sold, according to Fitbit.

“These incidents are very rare and this voluntary recall does not impact other Fitbit smartwatch­es or trackers,” the fitness tracker maker said in a statement.

Of the recalled smartwatch­es, about 1 million were sold in the United States and around 693,000 were sold internatio­nally.

Priced at $299, the Ionic tracks activity, heart rate and sleep. Fitbit stopped production of the watch in 2020.

The watches were sold at stores operated by companies such as Kohl’s and Target and online on and from September 2017 through December 2021, the CPSC said.

The regulator has asked consumers to stop using the device and said they would receive a refund, as well as a discount offer, from Fitbit on returning the product.

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