The United States government recently issued an urgent warning to consumers to discontinue the use of the Peloton Tread+ after “dozens of incidents of children being suck beneath” the treadmill. This warning was issued approximately one month after Peloton, a New York-based company, acknowledged the death of a child in an incident involving the treadmill.
Peloton CEO responded to the government’s warning by stating that the incident was “tragic” and that the company was only aware of a handful of children being hurt in incidents involving their product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stated it is aware of 39 incidents, including the recent death.
CPSC’s post on Twitter and its website also stated that “CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.” The warning further urges consumers with children and/or pets to stop using the product immediately and includes a video of a child being “pulled under the machine while trying to play with a ball that was caught beneath it” and that “consumers who intend to continue to use the machines should keep them in a locked room. . .and unplug them when not in use. . .”. Peloton called CPSC’s guidance a “misleading, inaccurate bulletin” and stated that “there is no reason to stop using the Tread+ as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed.”
If you or someone you know has suffered due to an incident involving a Peloton Treat+ or other exercise equipment, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll-free at 800-594-4884“>1-800-594-4884.