The fast-growing home fitness company Peloton has issued a recall on its Tread and Tread+ treadmill models after the death of a 6-year-old child and the injuries of dozens of others. The recalls come in the wake of a recent warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to keep pets and children away from the exercise equipment and stop using the treadmills.
Learn more about the dangers of these treadmills and the steps to take if you own this model or your family member has suffered an injury while using the Tread or Tread+.
Safety issues with the treadmills
According to the CPSC, these treadmills have caused more than 70 instances of lacerations, broken bones, head trauma, and other serious injuries. These incidents typically occur when an individual becomes trapped under the rear roller and pulled under the equipment. The Tread+ model costs $4,440 and weighs over 400 pounds.
Next steps for treadmill owners
After Peloton rejected the agency's original request for a recall, the CPSC issued an administrative subpoena in order to further investigate the child's death. The agency recommends that treadmill owners who have pets or small children stop using the equipment immediately, as some accidents have occurred even under parental supervision.
Consumers should report any incidents or injuries involving the Tread or Tread+ to the CPSC at their saferproducts.gov website. In addition, you can seek financial compensation if you or a loved one has experienced an injury associated with your Peloton equipment.
Peloton investors entered a class action lawsuit in early 2021 alleging that the company misled shareholders about the safety of their products.