Fitbit Force Fitness Tracker Wristband Subject of Class-Action Lawsuit Over Skin Reactions

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Fitbit Inc. over rashes caused by the Fitbit Force Fitness Tracker wristband. About 2 percent of Force users reported an irritation.

Force owner Jim Spivey filed the lawsuit because he feels Fitbit did not do enough to alert consumers about the potential for skin reactions, Tech Crunch.com reports. “I have a concern that there is still a risk of developing an injury for me and others,” said Spivey, a 49-year-old aviation teacher, who has not developed a skin irritation. The lawsuit asks that Fitbit contact every Force owner in California to arrange a refund of the approximately $130 cost of the Force along with tax and shipping fees.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) earlier this month announced the recall of over a million Force trackers in the U.S. and Canada because of the potential skin reaction. The recall involves Fitbit Force model numbers FB402BK, FB402BKS, FB402SL, and FB402SLS. The wireless activity-tracking wristband operates as a pedometer, sleep monitor, and watch and it has a small LED display screen, according to the CPSC. The model number can be found on the back, below the charging port. The CPSC says Fitbit has received about 9,900 reports of the wristband causing skin irritation, including about 250 reports of blistering. The Force was sold from October 2013 to February 2014 at AT&T, Best Buy, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Radio Shack, REI, Sports Authority, Target and other stores nationwide, and at Amazon.com and Fitbit.com.

Fitbit is offering a full refund for the Force and will provide a free shipping kit. The company said all registered Fitbit owners have been sent an email about the recall. Fitbit can be reached toll-free at 888.656.6381 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time daily or online at www.fitbit.com for more information.