Note: On February 20, 2014, Fitbit Inc. announced a refund program for the Fitbit Force. This news release serves as the official recall announcement.
Recall Date: March 12, 2014
Recall Number: 14-129
Fitbit Recalls Force Activity-Tracking Wristband Due to Risk of Skin Irritation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Wireless activity-tracking wristband
Hazard: Users can develop allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to assemble the product, resulting in redness, rashes or blistering where the skin has been in contact with the tracker.
Units: About 1,000,000 in the U.S. and about 28,000 in Canada
Description: This recall involves Fitbit ForceTM wireless activity-tracking wristbands with model numbers FB402BK, FB402BKS, FB402SL and FB402SLS. The wristband operates as a pedometer, sleep monitor and watch. It is made of plastic with a stainless steel casing and clasp and a small LED display screen. The display screen is flush with the top side of the band and a control button is on one side of the band. The wristband is about 3/4 inch wide and comes in large and small sizes and in the colors black or slate. The model number is on the back of the recalled wristband below the charging port.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received about 9,900 reports of the wristband causing skin irritation and about 250 reports of blistering.
Remedy: Consumers should contact Fitbit for a full refund.
Sold at: AT&T, Best Buy, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Radio Shack, REI, Sports Authority, Target and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and Fitbit.com from October 2013 to February 2014 for about $130.
Importer/Distributor: Fitbit Inc., of San Francisco
Manufacturer: Flextronics Sales & Marketing AP Ltd., of Port Louis, Mauritius
Manufactured in: China.
Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2014/38259r-eng.php.
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Fitbit Force activity-tracking wristband