Fitbit Recalls 1 Million Smart Watches Due to Battery Overheating

The company behind the widely popular Fitbit smartwatch product line has issued a national recall of one of its smartwatch models due to the potential risk of burns linked to overheated batteries.

According to a notice posted on the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fitbit LLC is recalling four models in its line of Fitbit Ionic Smartwatches following reports the watches’ lithium-ion battery overheated. The company has reportedly received at least 115 reports in the U.S. and 59 reports internationally of battery overheating. Of these, 78 reports in the U.S. and 40 reports internationally indicated that smartwatch wearers suffered burn injuries as a result of battery overheating, including two reports of third-degree burns and four reports of second degree-burns.

Additional details on the Fitbit recall and instructions for returning the recalled smartwatch models are available at the CPSC website.

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