The fitness-tracking device maker Fitbit is recalling 1.7m of its Ionic smartwatches after reports of the battery overheating and burning some users.
The company, which was acquired by Google in 2021, had sold about 1m of the model in the US and nearly 700,000 internationally.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall, warning that the watch’s lithium-ion battery can overheat, causing a “burn hazard”.
The watch was recalled after Fitbit received 174 reports of its battery overheating, including cases of 118 people being burned. Many users wear the devices in bed to monitor them while sleeping… More here.
Wondering why it needed 118 people to get burned before the recall was announced? To be fair I suspect not so many people will be wearing the Ionic today because the design aged very quickly, but it was an OK watch at the time.