Peloton has issued a recall of all its treadmills following a child’s death and multiple injuries.
This voluntary recall comes more than two weeks after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an “urgent warning” for the machine’s users, noting they were aware of at least 39 accidents, “including multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under” the device. The U.S. agency also released a video of a small child becoming pinned beneath the treadmill while playing with it.
Peloton refuted these reports in April, calling them “inaccurate and misleading,” and refused to recall the machines. Instead, the company told customers that “there is no reason to stop using the Tread Plus.”
In the recall announcement published today, Peloton CEO John Foley apologizes on behalf of the company. “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.” Foley also promised to work with the CPSC on new industry standards for treadmill safety.
Also in the announcement, the CPSC offers updated numbers, sharing it’s received “72 reports of adult users, children, pets and/or objects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill, including 29 reports of injuries to children such as second- and third-degree abrasions, broken bones, and lacerations.”
The CPSC says the recall will impact about 125,000 treadmills, plus an additional 5,400 in Canada, including both the Tread+, which retails for $4,295, as well as the regular Tread, which was sold for $2,495. The Tread+ is being recalled for concerns that people may be pulled underneath the treadmill, while the Tread is being recalled for touchscreen issues that may cause injury. Peloton has since removed both treadmills from its website.
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