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Apple Stores To Stop Selling Fitbit Trackers, New Product Photos Leaked

If you’re one of the people who loved the Fitbit Force, but returned the fitness-tracking wristband when you suffered from contact dermatitis or when the product was recalled in the United States, good news. Photos have leaked of a product display for the Force’s rumored replacements, and they look very similar. However, we have bad news if you planned to buy that wristband at your local Apple Store. [More]

Still Waiting For Your Fitbit Force Recall Check? Here’s What To Do

Still Waiting For Your Fitbit Force Recall Check? Here’s What To Do

We’ve provided wrist-to-wrist coverage of the problems surrounding the FitBit Force, a wearable movement tracker that counts steps, measures flights of stairs, and occasionally induces rashes. We shared with you the first rash reports we saw, as well as reporting on the recall and its aftermath. It makes sense that readers would contact us when they can’t get their refunds. Are you still waiting for your check? Here’s what you should do. [More]

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

When the Fitbit Force was recalled back in March, it looked like it should have been the easiest recall in history. Once a customer removes the Bluetooth-enabled fitness-tracking wristbands from the packaging and syncs the device to a computer or smartphone, the company has the customer’s contact information and can easily drop them an e-mail. Six weeks later, that’s what the company has done…but many customers didn’t get the notice, as we learned yesterday. Why? [More]

There’s A Potentially Itchy Black Market For The Recalled Fitbit Force

There’s A Potentially Itchy Black Market For The Recalled Fitbit Force

After Consumerist played a large role in getting the Fitbit Force recalled, I set up a Google alert to let me know when news about the product hits the Interweb. Since the official recall almost six weeks ago, I sort of expected to see a decrease in mentions of the product. I didn’t expect to see sales listings from a small, disingenuous Fitbit Force black market. [More]

March Recall Roundup – Don’t Put A Cork In It

March Recall Roundup – Don’t Put A Cork In It

In this month’s Recall Roundup, cork toys crumble but aren’t edible, heaters overheat, and Grumpy Cat has a lot to be unhappy about. [More]

Fitbit Sued Over Itch-And-Rash-Inducing Wristbands

Fitbit Sued Over Itch-And-Rash-Inducing Wristbands

Nearly a month after Fitbit voluntarily recalled its Fitbit Force bracelets over complaints from thousands of users who developed itchy rashes while wearing the devices, and weeks after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made the recall official, comes the first of what will likely be many lawsuits against the company. [More]

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If You’re Into Rashes, Recalled Fitbit Force Goes For About $200 On eBay

Since we broke the story of the Fitbit Force personal motion tracker causing contact dermatitis in some users, the company has begun its own recall of the devices and told authorized retailers to stop selling them. The problem is that hot gadgets are always available through unofficial channels as well. Like eBay, where you can still buy the Force, and it’s selling for a premium. [More]

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CPSC Working With Fitbit On Mysterious Force Rash Issues

Some users of the new Fitbit Force activity tracker really liked the product. They thought it was just great… right up until ugly patches of contact dermatitis broke out on their wrists. The company announced its own recall, but is simply accepting wristbands back from users who don’t want them enough? [More]

Fitbit Will Keep Supporting Force For Non-Itchy Customers, No Word On Software Upgrades

Fitbit Will Keep Supporting Force For Non-Itchy Customers, No Word On Software Upgrades

By now, you’ve probably heard that Fitbit has issued a recall for its Force wristbands, which caused mysterious and painful contact dermatitis in 1.7% of users. It’s a voluntary recall, and many customers who haven’t experienced any skin rashes are wondering whether they can keep their wristbands if they really like them. The short answer: yes.  [More]

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Fitbit Voluntarily Recalls Rash-Inducing Force Wristbands

Since the first reports of contact dermatitis caused by Fitbit Force movement trackers surfaced on the company’s forums (and gained publicity when Consumerist broke the story last month) customers have asked that the company recall the trackers. Fitbit has been happy to refund customers who have skin problems and send their trackers back. Today, the company announced that they’re recalling all Force wristbands. [More]

Fitbit Apologizes To “Very Limited Number Of” Force Owners With Skin Irritation

Fitbit Apologizes To “Very Limited Number Of” Force Owners With Skin Irritation

After Consumerist broke the story on Monday, mysterious rashes caused by the wearable motion tracker Fitbit have been in the news all over the world. The company has issued an apology to what they call a “very limited number of Fitbit Force users” who have a mysterious skin irritation underneath their wristbands. [More]

Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Between Christmas and the New Year, lots of Americans strapped on a shiny new Fitbit Force and started to scamper around. It’s the newest iteration of the motion-tracking device, a wristband that records steps, altitude, and how much you move around while you sleep. Now many of them have taken off their wristbands, reporting a weird skin irritation near the charging port. [More]