We’ve heard of exploding cell telephones and e-cigarettes. Now, a Wisconsin girl is warning about exploding health trackers.
Fitbit proprietor Dina Mitchell stated she was carrying her Flex 2 machine final week when it spontaneously exploded on her wrist, leaving her with second-degree burns.
“It didn’t heat up at first, there was no warning, it just, it burst into flames. It exploded,” the Milwaukee resident advised WISN News of the April 18 incident.
Mitchell, who stated the tracker was a latest birthday current, advised ABC News that she acquired therapy at an pressing care facility for her damage. A physician there picked items of rubber and plastic out of her arm.
Aurora Health Care’s pressing care facility in Waukesha confirmed Mitchell’s go to to WTMJ News.
Fitbit, in a press release obtained by HuffPost, stated they’ve since spoken with Mitchell about what occurred and are “actively investigating this issue.”
“We are extremely concerned about Ms. Mitchell’s report regarding her Flex 2 and take it very seriously, as the health and safety of our customers is our top priority,” a spokesperson stated. “Fitbit products are designed and produced in accordance with strict standards and undergo extensive internal and external testing to ensure the safety of our users.”
They added that that is the primary criticism they’re conscious of and “see no reason for people to stop wearing their Flex 2” units.
According to Fitbit’s web site, the Flex 2 trackers run on lithium-polymer batteries.
In the previous, lithium batteries have made comparable headlines after different units like cell telephones, laptops, hoverboards, and headphones caught fireplace, in some circumstances injuring folks. The Federal Aviation Administration reviews a variety of incidents on planes involving each lithium ion batteries and lithium polymer batteries. The two forms of batteries are solely marginally totally different, in accordance with web site Battery University, which is revealed by Canadian firm Cadex Electronics.
Mitchell didn’t instantly return a request for remark from HuffPost.