Fitbits Burned Users’ Wrists, Lawsuit Claims
Google-owned Fitbit has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims its smartwatches are prone to overheating and burning their wearers. This suit includes several devices that were not part of a recent product recall by the company.
The class-action lawsuit filed last Friday in a California federal court alleges that overheating is an issue in several Fitbit devices, including Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit Inspire. The two plaintiffs are seeking to represent a nationwide class of consumers who bought the affected smartwatches.
Back in March, Fitbit recalled over one million of its Iconic smartwatches after reports that overheating batteries had caused burn injuries. At the time, the company said that the issue was “very rare” and only affected this particular model.
The lawsuit claims that consumers experienced difficulties getting refunds or replacements from Fitbit. It also claims that the Fitbit defect creates risk for many people beyond direct users because the smartwatches could overheat and cause fires in enclosed spaces such as aeroplanes.