Peloton Recalls Treadmills After Death of Child and Numerous Injuries

On May 5, 2021, Peloton announced it was recalling more than 125,000 of its Tread+ and Tread treadmills after defects in the treadmills were alleged to have caused the death of a child, as well as injuries to numerous small children and over 70 adult users.

The recall decision was made only one month after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), a federal safety agency, issued an “urgent warning” about the dangers inherent in Peloton’s treadmills. At the time of the CPSC’s warning, there had been reports to the CPSC that children were being pulled by the rear roller of the Peloton and trapped underneath the treadmill.

Peloton’s original response to the CPSC’s warning was that it was “inaccurate and misleading.” However, in a statement made since then, Peloton’s chief executive apologized for the prior statement and explained that “Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+.” In his apology, Peloton’s CEO went on to state “[w]e should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”

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