May 5, 2021

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it’s aware of 38 injuries and one death related to Peloton’s Tread+ machine and has requested a voluntary recall of the exercise machine. Peloton disagrees with the requested recall even after the federal agency warned that those with children at home should stop using the company’s Tread+ treadmills. The agency issued an “Urgent Warning” after 38 injuries and one death have been linked to the machine previously known as the Tread.

The agency said anyone with small children at home should stop using the machine due to the potential risks to children, including abrasions, fractures and even death. It’s been reported that at least one accident was believed to have happened while a parent was using the treadmill. Those who continue to use it should do so in a locked room inaccessible to children and pets, the agency said. The commission also shared a video of a child who became stuck under the machine and after a few seconds, the child was able to get free and walk away. A spokesman for the commission, said it was continuing to investigate dangers related to the Tread+ machine.

Peloton pushed back saying the commissions warning was both inaccurate and misleading. Peloton issued a statement saying there was no reason for consumers to refrain from using the machine and added that safety instructions should always be followed. Peloton also acknowledged “a child died while using the Tread+” machine, adding that it was “shocked and devastated” to learn of the death. The company also reported that another child had sustained a brain injury in an accident. That child was expected to make a full recovery, Peloton said.

“While Peloton knows that the Tread+ is safe for the home when used in accordance with warnings and safety instructions, the company is committed to taking whatever steps are necessary and appropriate to further inform members of potential risks,” the company said. Senator Richard Blumenthal called on Peloton to cooperate with the agency. “It’s clear that the Peloton Tread+ must be recalled,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “The company’s attempts to dismiss reports of injury as consumer misuse are irresponsible and inexcusable, as multiple incidents happened with adults using the treadmill according to company instructions.”

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