Fitbit Watches Recalled Because Of Battery Burns

by · Forbes
The Fitbit Ionic has inflicted burns on 78 ownersFitbit

Fitbit is recalling its Ionic smartwatch following 78 reports that overheating batteries have caused burn injuries.

The recall involves four different models of the Fitbit Iconic, which first went on sale back in 2017. Customers can check if they have an affected model on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Owners of the watch are advised to stop using it immediately, with Fitbit offering a full refund of $299 to affected customers, as well as a 40% discount on select Fitbit devices.

“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),” the recall notice states.

The recall notice says Fitbit sold about a million units of the watch in the U.S., with a further 693,000 sold in other parts of the world. The watches were sold via retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and Target from September 2017 right through until December of last year.

Fitbit was bought by Google in early 2021 and is best known for its fitness bands.