Peloton recalls treadmills after child’s death; CEO apologizes

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Recalled Peloton Tread and Peloton Tread Plus Treadmills (Credit: Peloton/CPSC)

(NEXSTAR) — Peloton announced Wednesday that it is voluntarily recalling both of its treadmill machines after the death of a 6-year-old child and dozens of reported injuries.

Included in the separate recalls are Peloton’s Tread+ and its Tread treadmills. The company says the Tread+ treadmill was launched as the Peloton Tread in 2018 but renamed Tread+ in September 2020.

The company is advising customers who own the products to immediately stop using them and contact Peloton for a full refund or “other qualified remedy.”

In April, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned about Peloton’s Tread+ product after one child died in an incident involving the machine.

The CPSC released a shocking video showing the $4,300 Tread+ treadmill essentially sucking up a young child as he and his sister played on the equipment.

Fortunately, the young boy in the video was not seriously injured, but the company has received reports of dozens of other injuries.

“Peloton has received 72 reports of adult users, children, pets and/or objects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill, including 29 reports of injuries to children such as second- and third-degree abrasions, broken bones, and lacerations,” according to a release at the time.

According to a press release, the 6-year-old died after being pulled under the rear of the treadmill.

The Tread was only sold in the U.S. as part of a limited invitation-only release from about November 2020 to about March 2021, according to the CPSC, which added that Peloton is working on a repair to be offered to Tread owners in the coming weeks.

Peloton’s CEO John Foley apologized for not cooperating with the CPSC sooner.

“The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s Members and their families,” he said. “I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+. We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”

Personal Injury attorney Jon Bell said the treadmill recall could expose Peloton down the road in court.

“It’s clear that they really felt the pressure, and rightfully so,” he said. “This would be a strict product liability claim against Peloton, and it could be anything from a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a failure to warn case. Now, the recall, in most states, can be used as circumstantial evidence against Peloton in this case.”

Robert Adler, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission also released a statement that said in part, “The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort…Those who use exercise equipment want to be sure that the only pain they might feel at the end of a workout is a sore muscle from their exertion, not a serious injury from a defective product.”

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