Fitbit Flex now contains health warning

Popular fitness band will warn of allergy concerns
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The Fitbit Flex will be labelled with an allergy warning, advising potential buyers of the risk of an allergic reaction from the nickel that the popular fitness band contains.

The new warning, which also extends to advising buyers to not wear a Fitbit Flex too tight, is the result of an investigation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The C.P.S.C decided that, unlike the Fitbit Force, the Flex models currently on sale didn't warrant a recall. The Fitbit Force was pulled from the shelves in February and over a million devices were recalled.

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“We have always stood by the safety of Fitbit Flex and continue to do so,” said James Park, Fitbit’s chief executive. “The Fitbit Flex activity and sleep tracker remains safe and effective, and one of the most popular products in the Fitbit lineup to help people achieve their health and fitness goals.”

It isn't just Fitbit devices allegedly causing skin irritation issues. Some Jawbone and Nike FuelBand wearers have complained about sores or rashes on online forums, and following complaints from LG G Watch users regarding a corrosive build up on the charging pins of their smartwatches, LG pushed out a software update to rectify the issue.

Fitbit is expected to reveal a new activity tracker later this year. The Fitbit Charge was spotted at the FCC last week and looks like being an update to the Force.

Have you ever suffered from skin issues from your wearables? Let us know using the comments below.


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