Fitbit Causes Skin Damage, Consumers Claim

By Emily Field (May 28, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT) -- Fitness tech maker Fitbit Inc. was hit with a complaint California state court claiming that two of its newly released activity monitors have manufacturing defects that cause skin rashes, burns and nerve damage.

A group of seven plaintiffs from throughout the country, including Florida, California and Texas, claim that the Fitbit Surge and the Fitbit Charge HR — wireless devices that are worn on the wrist — pose health and safety hazards, including tissue damage, blistering and scarring, when worn as intended. They also claim that the company failed to warn consumers and the government about those risks and instead actively...

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