Peloton Recalls Treadmills Following Child's Death, Numerous Injuries
So far, the CPSC is aware of 72 reports of adults, children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill
WEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Peloton said Wednesday it is recalling its Tread and Tread+ exercise machines, just weeks after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned that one child's death and dozens of injuries have been linked to the treadmills.
In a company statement, Peloton CEO John Foley acknowledged the company had been wrong to initially fight the April 17 request from the CPSC to recall the products. "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," Foley said. "Today's announcement reflects our recognition that, by working closely with the CPSC, we can increase safety awareness for our members. The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton's members and their families."
The CPSC, which first issued an "urgent warning" for the machines back in April, told people who own the treadmills to immediately stop using them. Peloton is now offering a full refund for the $4,295 machine with a 32-inch touch screen that allows runners to work out with the aid of instructors.
Less than a month ago, Peloton reported a child's death by a Peloton Tread+, which triggered the ongoing CPSC probe. So far, the CPSC said it is aware of 72 reports of adults, children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill, The New York Times reported. Twenty-nine involved children, including a 6-year-old boy who died. After the death of the boy in March, the CPSC urged users to keep Peloton products where children cannot get to them and to store safety keys away from children.