Some Ionic smartwatches pose a burn hazard


Fitbit has issued a product recall for around 1 million of its Ionic smartwatches because the device’s battery could overheat and pose a burn hazard to users.

According to a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fitbit has received at least 115 reports in the United States of the lithium-ion battery used in the watch overheating.

The agency said it received 78 burn reports, including four reports of second-degree burns and two reports of third-degree burns.

In a statement emailed to USA TODAY, Fitbit said incidents like this are “very rare” and don’t impact the company’s other smartwatches or fitness trackers.

“Customer safety is always Fitbit’s top priority and out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling Fitbit Ionic smartwatches,” Fitbit said in its statement.

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Customers can check if their Ionic watch is affected by checking the model number on the back of the device where the band attaches. The following models are recalled:

  • Ionic FB503CPBU (Slate Blue/Burnt Orange)
  • Ionic FB503GYBK (Charcoal/Smoke Grey)
  • Ionic FB503WTGY (Blue Grey/Silver Grey)
  • Ionic FB503WTNV (Adidas Edition, Ink Blue and Ice Grey/Silver Grey)

The watches were sold at national retailers including Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target, as well as online through Amazon.com and Fitbit.com between September 2017 and December 2021, the CPSC said.

Consumers are asked to contact Fitbit to receive a prepaid package to return their device for a $299 refund.

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