Fitbit Bracelets Recalled Over Rashes

Monday, 24 Feb 2014 03:35 PM

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The makers of the popular fitness tracker "Fitbit" bracelets are recalling the company’s Force wristband after a number of consumer complaints about the devices causing skin irritation.

The $130 Fitbit Force bracelet hit the market late last year and is designed to monitor daily activity levels. Earlier this year, some Force reported unsightly skin rashes and contact dermatitis the manufactuerer blamed on the trackers, Fox News reports

Fitbit initially offered refunds and replacements to people who experienced skin reactions, but last week Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park announced the voluntary recall of the product.

Park said 1.7 percent of users had reported skin irritation, according to the company's analysis. Test results suggested rashes weren't caused by the device's battery or electrical systems, but were likely the result of allergic contact dermatitis.

"All Force materials are commonly used in consumer products," Park said in a statement. "However, some users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device. Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product."

Fitbit will no longer sell the Force and it has set up a Website to deal with refunds and returns.

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