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Fitbit Force recalled after consumer reports of skin irritation

(Photo: Fitbit)
(Photo: Fitbit)


Fitness bands—effective or not—are now mixed in with arm parties of bracelets, bangles, and watches on stylish women everywhere.

But less healthy-chic is the recent recall of Fitbit Force (Fitbit’s most advanced model that also tracks sleep), which was voluntarily issued by the company on Thursday after 1.7% of users reported skin irritations like rashes and itching reportedly brought on by allergic contact dermatitis.

“Users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device,” Fitbit explains. “Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product.”

Fitbit Force is no longer in production and a full refund is being offered. Fitbit CEO James Park’s letter seems pretty contrite, too. After all, he’s bummed that his device caused lots of healthy people to see their dermatologists. We’re sure everyone at Jawbone and Nike FuelBand is racking up massive fitness-band points with all that clapping right about now. —Jamie McKillop

For more information visit, the Fitbit FAQ page or write [email protected]