If you bought a Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, you might want to get in touch with the company because Fitbit and the CPSC have announced a recall of the device. This is due to various reports that users were injuring themselves due to over 100 instances where the battery in the smartwatch was overheating, in some cases leading to burns.
According to the CPSC, “Fitbit has received at least 115 reports in the United States (and 59 reports internationally) of the battery in the watch overheating with 78 reports of burn injuries in the United States including two reports of third-degree burns and four reports of second-degree burns (and 40 reports of burn injuries internationally).”
They add, “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Ionic smartwatches and contact Fitbit to receive pre-paid packaging to return the device. Upon receipt of the device, consumers will be issued a refund of $299. Fitbit will also provide participating consumers with a discount code for 40% off select Fitbit devices.”
To date, around 1.7 million units of the device have been sold, so that will be quite a huge recall for the company. For users who own the Ionic smartwatch, head on over to Fitbit’s website for more details and information on how to send their devices back to the company as part of the recall process.