Peloton issued a voluntary recall for all of their treadmill products after an investigation revealed a series of accidents resulting in multiple injuries and at least one death. The voluntary recall includes the Peloton Tread and Tread+. The recall announcement on May 5th was specifically for the Tread+ and came after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated it 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 two treadmills are being recalled for different reasons. The Tread+ issue includes people and pets that may be pulled underneath the treadmill and the recall for the treadmill concerns a history of the touchscreen falling off and causing injury. The recall will impact about 125,000 Tread + units and around 1,050 units of the regular Tread. The Tread and the Tread+ are being recalled for separate issues. The announcement is in direct conflict with the companies previous statements about the safety of the product. As of late April Peloton was fighting with the CPSC in hopes of avoiding a full recall despite the fact that a Tread+ was involved in the death of a child in March. The CPSC already issued a warning to Tread+ Plus owners cautioning that the treadmill poses “serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.”
Peloton refuted the CPSC’s reports calling them both “inaccurate and misleading,” and last month told consumers in a written statement “there is no reason to stop using the Tread+” so long as they were following Peloton’s safety measures. Peloton CEO John Foley apologized for that decision in the announcement of the recall, stating that “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.” Foley also promised to work with the CPSC on new industry standards for treadmill safety.
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