At least one child was killed and others injured by Peloton treadmills, prompting a federal agency to seek a recall and advise that people immediately stop using the popular exercise machines.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission took the action after reports that victims were being pulled under the heavy devices, suffering broken bones, head traumas and other injuries. The CPSC cited “dozens” of incidents involving Pelotons, many resulting in serious injuries.
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The Peloton hazard came to light in a March 18 letter posted on the company’s website acknowledging the death of a child and other incidents where children were injured. That led the CPSC to recommend a recall and that Peloton treadmills be taken off the market. The agency can only recommend, not force, recalls, though it can file civil suits to seek to mandate recalls if companies refuse to comply.
The CPSC also issued a warning saying it believes the Peloton Tread+ “poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures and death.” It said, “… the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.” It advised that people stop using Peloton treadmills.
Most accidents involved young children being pulled under the machines. In one reported case, a child suffered broken bones while in another a three-year-old boy was found breathless and without a pulse trapped under a Peloton. That child survived with significant brain injuries but was expected to fully recover.
Peloton treadmills were introduced in 2018 and company sales soared with the pandemic and the closing of gymnasiums. The $4,300 machine has nearly 1.7 million subscribers who pay to take online classes using the treadmill. Peloton is now reportedly a $34 billion company.