Google recalls 1.7m Fitbit smart watches over burn hazard

Google-owned Fitbit has been forced to recall 1.7 million of it Ionic smart watches due to reports of customers suffering third-degree burns after the lithium-ion battery overheated.

Fitbit has received over 115 reports in the US alone of the battery in the smartwatch overheating and causing burn injuries, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

There were 78 reports of burn injuries, two reports of third-degree burns and four reports of second-degree burns.

Internationally, the company received 59 reports of overheating, with 40 reports of burn injuries.

A spokesperson for Fitbit told CNBC that burns are rare and that the recall does not expand to the company’s other smartwatches or fitness products.

The CPSC said that consumers should immediately stop using the Ionic watches and contact Fitbit to start the return of the device.

 

After returning the device, consumers will be issued a refund of $299 and a discount code for 40% off select Fitbit devices.

Fitbit has sold around 1 million Ionic watches in the US, along with nearly 700,000 sold internationally, the CPSC said.

Google acquired Fitbit in 2019 for a deal worth approximately $2.1 billion at a fully diluted equity value, in order to expand its presence in the wearables sector.

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