Nearly 2 Million Fitbit Ionic Smartwatches Recalled for Burn Hazard
March 2, 2022
Fitbit has recalled 1.7 million Ionic smartwatches because lithium-ion watch batteries can overheat and burn people who wear them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced. There have been at least 115 reports of overheating smartwatches in the U.S. and 59 reports worldwide, according to CPSC. News release. There were 78 reports of burns in the U.S., including two third-degree burns and four second-degree burns, and 40 in other countries.
The only recalled devices are the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, which is sold in slate blue/burnt orange, charcoal smoke grey, blue/silver grey, and a special edition Adidas branded in inky blue/silver. -gray, according to the release. The model number FB503 can be found on the back of the device near the strap attachment point.
“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Ionic smartwatch and contact Fitbit to obtain prepaid packaging to return the device. Consumers will receive a $299 refund upon receipt of the device. Fitbit will also be providing participating consumers with a 40% discount code on select Fitbit devices,” the CPSC said in a press release.
Fitbit stopped making watches in 2020. About 1 million were sold in the U.S. and about 700,000 overseas. The devices were sold by Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target, Amazon.com, and Fitbit.com from September 2017 to December 2021, according to CPSC. On your website, Fitbit said: “This voluntary recall applies only to Fitbit Ionic devices. This does not affect other Fitbit smartwatches or trackers.
If you have a Fitbit Ionic, please stop using your device.”