Update: Peloton Recalls All Tread+ Treadmills
"A 6-year-old child recently died after being pulled under the rear of the treadmill," CPSC said. "In addition, 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."
The Peloton Tread+ Treadmill recall affects model number TR01, which has a running deck space of 67 inches, a 32-inch high definition (HD) touchscreen and a slatted belt. The model number is printed on a black sticker located on the end cap in the front of the treadmill deck.
The Peloton Tread Treadmill recall affects model number TR02, which has a running space of 59 inches, a 23.8-inch high definition (HD) touchscreen console and a non-slatted running belt. CPSC is aware of at least 18 reports of the touchscreen loosening and 6 reports of the touchscreen detaching and falling. "There have been reports of minor injuries such as abrasions, minor cuts, and bruises in Canada and the United Kingdom," the agency said.
These recalls began on May 5, 2021.
Peloton Treadmill Accidents Reported by CPSC
The CPSC warning was issued on April 17, 2021, and comes less than 1 month after Peloton released news of a child’s death caused by a Peloton Tread+ treadmill and the agency’s announcement of an investigation into the death.
“To date, CPSC is aware of 39 incidents including one death,” CPSC said.
CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for:
- fractures, and
In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately.”
At least 1 incident occurred while a parent was running on the Tread+ treadmill, suggesting that the hazard cannot be avoided by locking the treadmill when not in use. Reports of a pet and objects being sucked beneath the treadmill also suggest potential danger if the user loses balance as a result.
According to CNBC, Peloton stock fell almost 5% in March after CEO John Foley disclosed that a child had died in an accident involving one of its treadmills.
Will The Peloton Tread+ Be Recalled?
The U.S. government agency responsible for issuing warnings and product recalls (CPSC) has only issued a warning in the case of the Peloton Tread+. In other words, the CPSC has not issued a recall of the Peloton treadmill.
According to engadget, "Peloton is embroiled in a rare fight with the US government." The fitness equipment maker has rejected a Consumer Product Safety Commission warning that urged people to stop using the Tread+ treadmill following 39 reports of children and pets being injured, including a death in March. The company claimed that the CPSC's notice was "inaccurate and misleading" as it was possible to keep using the Tread+ so long as people followed existing instructions to keep children and pets away from the Tread+ "at all times."
Peloton has however issued a recall on defective bike pedals.
Peloton Treadmill Safety Tips
If you purchased a Peloton Tread+ treadmill, take the following precautions to avoid injury:
Stop using the Peloton Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home. Incidents suggest that children may be seriously injured while the Tread+ is being used by an adult, not just when a child has unsupervised access to the machine.
If consumers must continue to use the product, CPSC urges consumers to use the product only in a locked room, to prevent access to children and pets while the treadmill is in use. Keep all objects, including exercise balls and other equipment, away from the treadmill.
When not in use, unplug the Tread+ and store the safety key away from the device and out of reach of children.
Report any Peloton Tread+ incidents to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov or to CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.
Peloton Tread+ treadmills are sold online and directly to consumers via retail showrooms.
Model No. TR-01 was called “Tread” from August 2018 to September 2020, when it was renamed “Tread+”.
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