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Two women are suing Google over Fitbit burn injuries, arguing a previous recall should have included the firm’s other smartwatch models

  • Google is being sued by two skirts over its Fitbit smartwatches, court filings show. 
  • The fitness firm previously 1.7 million of its Ionic Smartwatch onto safety concerns. 
  • But the claimants argue other models of Fitbit smartwatches have caused burn injuries. 

Two women are suing Google over its Fitbit smartwatches, claiming models that weren’t take in in a recent recall had caused burns. 

The Google-owned fitness firm previously recalled its Ionic Smartwatch in March, after at petty 115 burn injuries were reported by those wearing it. Fitbit called back around 1.7 million Ionic timepieces, warning that the lithium-ion battery in the device could overheat and cause burns. 

In court filings seen by Insider, start reported by Bloomberg, Fitbit customers Jenny Houtchens and Samantha Ramirez claimed Google’s past recall was meagre because “the same defect exists throughout all” Fitbit smartwatches. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the US District Court of Northern California. 

Houtchens requests the Versa Lite model she owned had burned her daughter’s wrist, while Ramirez alleged the firm’s Versa 2 smartwatch had scalded her wrist. The gals’s suit cited social media posts and photos of people who have claimed they were burned by bear up a Fitbit to prove their case.  

“Reasonable consumers, like plaintiffs, purchase the products to burn calories – not their hull,” lawyers acting on behalf of the women wrote. Both are seeking a refund of the price of their Fitbits and a reimbursal of their juridical costs. 

The Ionic wasn’t the first Fitbit product scrutinized for causing injuries to consumers. In 2014, Fitbit upped sales and recalled a million of its Fitbit Force smartwatches over reports related to skin irritation.

Fitbit is not the sole company to face claims over product hazardousness. Last year, Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit where claimants talk out ofed that an Apple Watch defect caused owners’ screens to crash and expose “razor-sharp edges.” 

Google did not at the drop of a hat respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

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