Update: Peloton Recalls All Treadmills After a Child’s Death and 70 Injuries
Peloton Interactive has recalled more than 125,000 treadmills and paused sales of the equipment after the machines were linked to the death of a 6-year old child and dozens of other injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced separate recalls for both the Peloton Tread Treadmill and Peloton Tread+ treadmill, urging people to stop using the treadmills immediately. The Peloton recall comes nearly 3 weeks after the CPSC warned consumers about the potential risk of injury or death from the treadmills, and more than a month after Peloton first shared that it had become aware that a child had died in an accident involving one of the treadmills. Peloton’s chief executive officer, John Foley, apologized for his earlier insistence that the company would not recall the treadmill:
“Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” Foley said. “We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”
What’s the Problem?
According to a CPSC Warning Letter dated 4/17/21, the agency is aware of at least 39 incidents including 1 death linked to the Peloton Tread+ Treadmill.
“CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death,” the agency said. “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 of the incidents occurred while a parent was running on the Tread+ treadmill, suggesting that the risk of injury 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. CPSC’s warning comes less than 1 month after Peloton released news of a child’s death caused by a Peloton treadmill and the agency’s announcement of an investigation into the death.
Warning issued after child dies in accident involving Peloton treadmill: WHAS11 News Video
If you purchased a Peloton Tread+ treadmill, you should stop using it immediately if there are small children or pets at home. If you choose to keep using the treadmill, CPSC urges you to only use the product 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.
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+”.
Do I Have a Peloton Treadmill Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Peloton Treadmill Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If your child or other loved one was harmed by a Peloton Tread+ treadmill, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.