New Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors

New Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors

New Independent Study by World-Renowned Cleveland Clinic and Revelations by Confidential Internal Witnesses Confirm Inaccuracy of the PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors Made by Fitbit, a Self-Proclaimed “Digital Healthcare Company”

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the top-ranked heart hospital in the nation, announced the results of new independent testing on a range of wrist-worn heart rate monitors, confirming the findings in previous studies that the PurePulse™ technology used in Fitbit’s popular fitness trackers is wildly inaccurate during moderate and high-intensity exercise. Dr. Marc Gillinov, the Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon who led that testing, noted that “as people exercised, the accuracy [of the products] diminished” and concluded that the Fitbit devices “had suboptimal accuracy during moderate exercise.” Moreover, Dr. Gillinov noted that “as people moved, the study had readings that could be off by 30 and 40 bpm, so it’s not a small difference.” [Read more…]

Consumers File Nationwide Fraud Class Action Against Fitbit, Inc.

Consumers File Nationwide Fraud Class Action Against Fitbit

San Francisco, California, January 5, 2016 — Consumers from California, Colorado, and Wisconsin today filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) alleging that Fitbit’s wrist-based “Charge HR” and “Surge” heart rate monitors do not and cannot consistently record accurate heart rates during the intense physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets the devices in widespread advertising. The suit contends — and expert testing confirms — that the Heart Rate Monitors consistently mis-record heart rates by a significant margin, particularly during intense exercise. Not only are accurate heart readings important for those engaging in fitness, they can be critical to the health and well-being of people whose medical conditions require them to maintain (or not exceed) a certain heart rate. [Read more…]