fitbit-recallEarlier this year, certain users of Fitbit, the popular wearable exercise technology, reported symptoms of severe skin irritations after using the Fitbit Force. Since then, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which regulates the safety of just about everything we buy, has been conducting investigations into the Fitbit.

CPSC Is Taking All Fitbit Complaints Seriously

According to a CPSC spokesperson, the regulator is taking all complaints -- ranging from rashes, blisters, and other kinds of health complications -- very seriously. However, the spokesperson also indicated that just because they are completing the investigation into the product's safety does not necessarily mean they will implement a forced recall of the item. The organization might simply release recommendations that will help to resolve the problem.

Some of those recommendations might include warnings relating to the risk of nickel exposure and what could happen if the device is worn too snuggly on the wrist. In a recall of one million Fitbit Force wristbands last February, the manufacturer cited issues relating to the threat of irritation from nickel, which is a common allergen. There was also some question about adhesives used in creating the wristbands.

Europe Regulates Nickel in Products but U.S. Does Not

Currently, Europe has instituted regulations on the use of nickel in consumer products, but the United States has never created such regulations. Some experts fear that this has caused an increase in nickel sensitivity and nickel allergies among the population of the United States.

A spokesperson for Fitbit recently announced to consumers that the trace amount of nickel causing the allergic reactions is not only found in the recalled Fitbit Force, but also in its un-recalled Fitbit Flex product. On the Flex it is found inside the product's clasp, which is made of surgical-grade stainless steel. The spokesperson said that a limited number of individuals might still experience a reaction with the Flex, but it was no more dangerous than allergies to other kinds of stainless steel.

Fitbit is now facing consumer lawsuits relating to injuries allegedly caused by the Fitbit Force. Consumers who feel they were seriously injured by this or any another defective product may wish to join in such lawsuits to seek damages for their injuries. Meanwhile, Fitbit Flex users are encouraged to keep apprised of new developments relating to the completion of the CPSC's investigation into the product.

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