Peloton Recalls Treadmills After Child Death And Injuries
Peloton announced a recall of all of their "Tread+" treadmills on Wednesday, effective immediately. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton has received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items being pulled under the treadmill, including one reported death of a small child.
In April the commission said that adults should only use the treadmill in a locked room so children and pets couldn't come near it. When not in use, the treadmill should be unplugged with the safety key hidden.
Peloton initially said the warning was "inaccurate and misleading," according to the Associated Press. They added there was no reason to stop using the treadmill as long as kids and animals were kept away at all times.
A video circulated on YouTube showing a small child being pulled underneath a Peloton treadmill.
On the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website, Peloton CEO Jack Foley released this statement:
The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s Members and their families. 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. Today’s announcement reflects our recognition that, by working closely with the CPSC, we can increase safety awareness for our Members. We believe strongly in the future of at-home connected fitness and are committed to work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills. We have a desire and a responsibility to be an industry leader in product safety.”
Owners of the Tread+ treadmill can contact the company for a full refund.