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Fitbit Recalls 1.7M Smartwatches For Burn Risk

MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) -- Fitbit fanatics need to know the company is is recalling 1.7 million smartwatches due to a potential burn hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The voluntary recall exclusively involves Fitbit Ionic smartwatch models, which contain a lithium-ion battery that can potentially overheat and pose a burn hazard to consumers, according to the CPSC. The agency said the recall impacts one million devices sold in the United States and an additional 693,000 that were sold internationally.

Fitbit has received at least 174 reports globally of the battery in the watch overheating, according to the CPSC, with 78 reports of burn injuries in the United States, including two reports of third-degree burns and four reports of second-degree burns.

"Customer safety is always Fitbit's top priority and out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a voluntary recall of Fitbit Ionic smartwatches," said Fitbit spokesperson Andrea Holing. "These incidents are very rare and this voluntary recall does not impact other Fitbit smartwatches or trackers."

She said the number of injury reports represents less than 0.01% of units sold.

Fitbit added in a statement on its website that its Ionic smartwatches were introduced in 2017 and production for them ceased in 2020.

The company urged those who own a Fitbit Ionic watch to stop using the device. The CPSC said consumers will be issued a refund of $299 after returning the device to Fitbit, and the company will also provide participating consumers with a discount code for 40% off select Fitbit devices.

(©2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company, contributed to this report.)


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