Fitbit has issued a voluntary recall on its Ionic smartwatches, citing a possible burn hazard.
An announcement from each Fitbit and the US Client Product Security Fee (CPSC) reveals a possible downside with Fitbit Ionic Smartwatches. It appears there is a risk that the lithium-ion battery within the system can overheat, which might result in customers being burned.
The CPSC has said that Fitbit acquired over 174 studies (US and worldwide) of its Ionic Smartwatches overheating, with 118 of these studies mentioning customers being burned, which means roughly 67 p.c of overheating incidents have resulted in bodily accidents. Nonetheless, with roughly 1,693,000 Ionic watches offered worldwide and about 174 documented instances of overheating, the possibilities of being harm are nonetheless pretty low (0.01%).
Even so, Fitbit is providing Ionic Smartwatch customers the choice for a refund. Each Fitbit and the CPSC advocate you cease utilizing your Ionic system instantly and begin the return course of, even when you have not skilled any issues. Even when you have not used your Fitbit Ionic shortly (the gadgets had been discontinued in 2020), you may—and in line with Fitbit, ought to—nonetheless ship it in.
If in case you have one of many affected fashions (FB503CPBU, FB503GYBK, FB503WTGY, or FB503WTNV), you may contact Fitbit to start out the return course of. As soon as it has confirmed receipt of your watch, you will obtain a $299 refund together with a limited-time low cost code for choose Fitbit merchandise.