Fitbit, makes of a very cool product that tracks you activity level by counting your steps has announced the call of their Fitbit Force wrist band, affecting almost 1 million units in the U.S., and another 28,000 units in Canada. The problem? Rashes. Approximately 1.7% of Force users reported cases of skin rashes after wearing the device.
The Force, a silicon wristband pedometer, was released in October 2013. The wireless device contained a small display and sensors for measuring motion, and tracked the wearer’s number of steps, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep patterns. The device then syncs the information to a computer or smartphone.
The company first acknowledged complaints last month and offered a full refund or replacement tracker to anyone who experienced skin irritation. It is believed that some users have allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to assemble the product. The reaction results in redness, rashes, or blistering where the skin has been in contact with the tracker. The company has received about 9,900 reports of the wristband causing skin irritation and about 250 reports of blistering. Continue reading