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Two women are suing Google over Fitbit burn injuries


Two women are suing Google over Fitbit burn injuries

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The women want a refund and their legal costs covered (Picture: Unsplash)

Two women are suing Google over burn injuries from their Fitbit smartwatches that weren’t included in a product recall.

Fitbit recalled 1.7 million smartwatches in March after dozens of users said they were burned by them. But it seems the recall did not include all the models at risk.

Customers Jenny Houtchens and Samantha Ramirez launched legal action against Fitbit’s parent company Google for the ‘incomplete’ recall, because ‘the same defect exists throughout all’ smartwatches, Bloomberg reports.

In the lawsuit, Houtchens claimed her Versa Lite model burned her daughter’s wrist, while Ramirez’s Versa 2 smartwatch allegedly scalded her own wrist.

The suit referenced social media posts and photos of people who also claimed they were burned by a Fitbit to back up their case.

‘Reasonable consumers, like plaintiffs, purchase the products to burn calories – not their skin,’ their lawyers said.

The women are seeking a refund for their Fitbits and they want their legal costs covered.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, the logo for fItbit appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Google-owned Fitbit has recalled 1 million of its Ionic smartwatches, Wednesday, March 2, 2022 after dozens of users reported burn injuries because the battery overheated. The fitness gadget maker says consumers who bought the $299 watches with the model number FB503 should immediately stop using the product and contact Fitbit for packaging to return them. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The burns were allegedly caused by the watch’s lithium battery overheating (Picture: AP)

Only the £225 ‘Fitbit Ionic’ smartwatches with the model number FB503, were recalled. Fitbit advised users to immediately stop using the product and contact them for packaging to return it.

Fitbit, based in San Francisco, introduced the Ionic watches in 2017 and stopped producing it in 2020.

According to the Unites States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fitbit received 115 reports of the Ionic battery overheating.

Some 78 of these reported burn injuries, including two reports of third-degree burns and four of second-degree burns.

The commission said there were 40 reports of burn injuries internationally.

Google completed its 2.1 billion dollar (£1.57 billion) takeover of Fitbit last year, which raised concerns about privacy.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Google for comment.


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