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Fitbit recalls 1.7 million smartwatches over burn reports

  • from google Fitbit recalled its Ionic smartwatches due to burn concerns.
  • Fitbit has received 115 reports of product overheating and 78 burn reports, including two third-degree burns and four second-degree burns in the United States alone.
  • Nearly one million Ionic watches have been sold in the United States and 700,000 internationally.

    Before attaching your Fitness Tracker today you might want to check the make and model. Fitbit has recalled its Ionic smartwatches due to multiple reports of burns, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC). The recall issued this morning affects approximately one million fitness watches sold in the United States and nearly 700,000 sold internationally.

    The agency revealed that the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch’s lithium-ion battery can overheat, putting wearers at risk of burns. To date, at least 115 US consumers and 59 international consumers have reported battery overheating.

    Additionally, Fitbit has received 78 burn reports in the United States and 40 burn reports internationally. Of those, two reports were made of third-degree burns and four reports of second-degree burns, according to the USCPSC.

    If you are unsure if your watch is part of the recall, you can find the model number (FB503) on the back of the device where the band attaches. the model numbers affected by this recall include FB503CPBU, FB503GYBK, FB503WTGY, and FB503WTNV.

    The recall only affects Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch and does not affect the brand’s other smartwatches or fitness trackers. The affected Ionic smartwatches are available in Slate Blue/Burnt Orange, Charcoal/Smoke Grey, Blue-Grey/Silver Grey, and the Adidas Edition in Ink Blue and Ice Grey/Silver Grey. The watch has a polyurethane strap and a 1.4 inch color LCD display.

    If you believe your Fitbit watch is part of the recall, the USCPSC recommends that you immediately stop using the smartwatch and contact Fitbit at 888-925-1764 or check their website for more information. Fitbit will provide prepaid packaging to return your defective device, and you will receive a $299 refund and a 40% discount code on select Fitbit devices.

    The smartwatch is best known for its activity tracking abilities (like a pedometer), heartbeat, and sleep. They’re sold on Amazon, Fitbit’s website, and in-store at Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Target. Fitbit stopped producing the Ionic Watch in 2020, but consumers were able to purchase the product from September 2017 through December 2021.

    Although all types of burns are painful, it is of particular concern that users have reported second and third degree burns. To put this into perspective: a first degree burn is considered a burn that affects the first layer of skin and appears red, painful, dry and does not develop blisters. A second degree burn affects the epidermis and dermis of the skin and appears red, blistered and may be swollen and painful. A third degree burn completely destroys the epidermis and dermis and can damage bones, muscles and tendons. The burn site will appear white or charred, depending on Hopkins Medicine.

    If you are concerned that you may have a third degree burn, contact a medical professional immediately. If you have a first or second degree burn, you should cool the burn with cold tap water or a cold compress, apply petroleum jelly two to three times a day, cover it with a non-stick bandage and protect the burn. of the sun, according to Association of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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