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Fitbit recalls smartwatches over burn hazard

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Laurie Farr from San Francisco tries out the Fitbit Ionic

Andrew Evers, CNBC

GoogleFitbits for sale recallingThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday that the Ionic smartwatches were damaged by a fire hazard.

According to the agency, approximately 1,000,000 Ionic watches were sold in America, with almost 700,000. Internationally, there have been nearly 700,000.

The CPSC warned that the lithium-ion battery in smartwatches could overheat and cause burns. CPSC recommended that Ionic watches be thrown out immediately. Fitbit will then initiate the return procedure. The device will be returned to the consumer and they will be given a refund in the amount of $299 as well as a code that can get them a 40% discount on select Fitbit products.

According to the agency, Fitbit was notified of at least 115 incidents in America due to the battery malfunctioning in its watch. The reports included 78 burn injuries reports, four second-degree burns reports, and two reports on third-degree burneds. Overheating was reported to the agency in 59 countries, along with 40 burn injury reports.

Fitbit spokeswoman said that burns happen rarely. This recall does not apply to other Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers.

Google stated in 2019, that it is acquiring FitbitAt a fully diluted equity valuation of $2.1 billion, the deal is valued at approximately $2.1billion. This deal was completed by closed last yearThis was to increase Google’s visibility in the market for wearables.

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