Peloton Is Paying $19 Million Over Treadmill Defects Not Being ReportedSteveL
You never think running on a treadmill can kill a child, but apparently, it’s been reported, that injuries and at least one death did occur while using the product. I’m not sure how because that wasn’t the issue before the CPSC. What the issue was, had to do with not reporting the injuries and the death in a timely manner. It is important that manufacturers and sellers of consumer products, such as tread mills, let the CPCS know about these serious injuries, in order for other uses to be warned before something happens to them.
Failure to report is a serious problem and it appears in this instance it cost Peloton $19 million.
My son bought one of these during the pandemic. I wondered how long it would be before he was using it to hang clothes on. I think we are already there.
Here is the press release from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Note: Peloton issued a recall for this product on May 5, 2021.
Urgent Warning Comes After Agency Finds One Death and Dozens of Incidents of Children Being Sucked Beneath the Tread+ (Formerly Known as the Tread)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the danger of popular Peloton Tread+ exercise machine after multiple incidents of small children and a pet being injured beneath the machines. The Commission has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.
The urgent warning comes less than a month after Peloton itself released news of a child’s death by a Peloton Tread+ and CPSC’s announcement of an investigation into that incident.
The agency is continuing to investigate all known incidents of injury or death related to the Peloton Tread+.
To date, CPSC is aware of 39 incidents including one death. CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death. In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately. This video demonstrates the hazard to children posed by the Tread+. [Warning, video content may be disturbing to some viewers.] It is believed that at least one incident occurred while a parent was running on the treadmill, suggesting that the hazard cannot be avoided simply by locking the device when not in use. Reports of a pet and objects being sucked beneath the Tread+ also suggest possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.
What should consumers do now?
Stop using the Peloton Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home. Incidents suggest that children may be seriously injured while the Tread+ is being used by an adult, not just when a child has unsupervised access to the machine.
If consumers must continue to use the product, CPSC urges consumers to use the product only in a locked room, to prevent access to children and pets while the treadmill is in use. Keep all objects, including exercise balls and other equipment, away from the treadmill.
When not in use, unplug the Tread+ and store the safety key away from the device and out of reach of children.
Report any Peloton Tread+ incidents to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov or to CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.
Tread+ treadmills are sold directly to consumers via retail showrooms, and online at www.onepeloton.com.
Model No. TR-01 was called “Tread” from August 2018 to September 2020, when it was renamed “Tread+”.
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Under section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, CPSC is required to include with this press release any comments or other information or a summary thereof. Accordingly, here is a summary of the company’s statement.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s unilateral press release about the Peloton Tread+ treadmill is inaccurate and misleading. The Tread+ is safe for Members to use in their homes and comes with safety instructions and warnings to ensure its safe use. Like all motorized exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed. The Tread+ is not for children under 16. Peloton warns Members not to let children use the Tread+ and to keep children, pets, and objects away from the Tread+ at all times. Any owner of a treadmill – whether made by Peloton or not – should follow these warnings, as they are included in the applicable safety standards, which the Peloton Tread+ meets.”
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