Popular GolfBuddy GPS Bands Recalled Over Burn Hazard


Home to the World Golf Hall of fame and more than 75 miles of award-winning coastal golf courses, Northeast Florida is a nationally renowned haven for avid golfers. So it’s no surprise that since their inception in 2003, GolfBuddy GPS devices have been highly popular accessories. Unfortunately, one favored item in the GolfBuddy line is now subject to a safety recall.

The La Palma, California-based company recently announced a voluntary recall of some 3,000 units of its BB5 golf GPS LED band after receiving two reports of consumers suffering burns. Company officials warn that, due to a defect in the firmware, the band’s charging ports can produce an electrical charge to exposed skin, causing potentially serious burn injuries.

The recalled band is a wearable GPS device that operates as a pedometer, distance monitor and watch and comes preloaded with customized golf course information. It’s made of plastic with a stainless steel casing and features a LED display screen and a two-pronged closure connector at the end. The display screen is flush with the top side of the band and has four buttons on band’s perimeter. The wristband measures about an inch wide and comes in black, lime, navy and orange with the GolfBuddy logo molded on the outer part of the band. Look for the mark “BB5” on the back of the recalled unit below the charging port. Over the past year, recalled units were sold at multiple authorized golf dealers nationwide including PGA Tour Superstore, The Golfer’s Warehouse and Worldwide Golf Shops, as well as online at www.golfbuddyglobal.com and www.amazon.com for about $250.

If you use a GolfBuddy BB5 band and have not suffered an injury, contact GolfBuddy online or at 888-251-6058 for instructions on updating the unit with the latest firmware. If you have suffered a burn injury, wearing one of the recalled units, get medical treatment, keep the product intact and call 800-251-1111 to speak with a product liability attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.