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Fitbit is recalling 1.7 million Ionic smartwatches after a manufacturing defect burned users

The watch was recalled after Fitbit received 174 reports of battery overheating, including cases of 118 burns. Many users wear the devices to bed to monitor them while they sleep

Fitbit is recalling 1.7 million smartwatches after a manufacturing defect burned users
Fitbit is recalling 1.7 million smartwatches after a manufacturing defect burned users

Fitbit has recalled nearly two million Ionic smartwatches over fears of a manufacturing defect.

the Manufacturer of fitness tracking devices is recalling 1.7 million watches made between 2017 and 2020 following reports of battery overheating and burns for some users.

The company owned by Googlehad previously sold about 1 million of the model in the US and nearly 700,000 internationally.

Several thousand more could end up in the hands of the public through third-party providers.

The US Commission on Consumer Product Safety announced the recallWarning that the watch’s lithium-ion battery may overheat, resulting in a “burn hazard”.

The watch was recalled after Fitbit received 174 reports of battery overheating, including cases of 118 burns. Many users wear the devices to bed to monitor them while they sleep.

Two of the people injured by the watch had third-degree burns, while four others reported less severe second-degree burns.

The body said customers should contact Fitbit to return the device and receive a refund.

It said Fitbit would also provide all consumers returning their watch with a code for a discount on certain new devices.

The Ionic Smartwatch, which has a 3.5 cm LCD color screen and a polyurethane strap available in several colors, tracks the wearer’s activity, heart rate and sleep.

The company said the watch was manufactured between 2017 and 2020 and is no longer sold through its website, fitbit.com, or authorized retailers.

However, Fitbit added that it “does not control any third-party or aftermarket sellers.”

The Ionic smartwatch isn’t the first product to be recalled by Fitbit, which was founded in San Francisco in 2007.

In 2014, the company voluntarily recalled its Force device after some customers developed an allergic reaction.

According to Fitbit, independent test results showed it was likely allergic contact dermatitis in response to nickel in the device’s surgical-grade stainless steel.

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