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If putting on a smartwatch is part of your daily routine, it's time to check your wrist.

Fitbit is recalling 1 million Ionic Smartwatches in the U.S. after receiving nearly 120 reports of burn injuries caused by the watch battery overheating. Those reports include two third-degree burns and four second-degree burns. An additional 690,000 watches were sold internationally.

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Fitbit IonicPhoto credit: Fitbit
The recall applies to model numbers FB503CPBU, FB503GYBK, FB503WTGY, and FB503WTNV. Users can find the model number on the back of the watch, and are encouraged to contact Fitbit for pre-paid packaging to return the watch for a $299 refund and a discount code for 40% off a future purchase of select Fitbits. 

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Though it's no longer in production today, the Fitbit Ionic was sold at major retailers including Target, Amazon, and Best Buy from September 2017 through December 2021, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. 

This isn't Fitbit's first major recall. In 2014, it recalled about 1 million Fitbit Force fitness trackers after thousands of cases of wrist irritation, with some users reporting rashes and blistering. 

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