The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an “urgent warning” Saturday, telling people to immediately stop using the Peloton Tread Plus treadmill because of a potentially fatal risk to children and pets. The Tread Plus poses “serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death,” the agency said.
“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,” the agency said in a statement on its site. Pets are also in danger, added the commission, which is an independent federal regulatory agency charged with guarding the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from products.
The CPSC said it was aware of 39 accidents, including one death. Peloton confirmed Saturday that there had been “39 incidents,” with 23 involving children, one with a pet, and 15 with unspecified objects. In March, Peloton CEO John Foley sent a note to customers informing them thatand urging them to review and follow safety warnings for the company’s exercise equipment.
“We are currently assessing ways to reinforce our warnings about these critical safety precautions to hopefully prevent future accidents,” said Foley in that note.
Peloton called the CPSC’s warning “inaccurate and misleading.”
“Like all motorized exercise equipment Tread+ is safe when used in accordance with our safety warnings.” a company spokesperson said Saturday. The spokesperson also pointed to Peloton’s full statement about Saturday’s CPSC warning, which says the company is “troubled” by the commission’s “unilateral” stance on the safety of its products.
Peleton says in the full statement that “there is no reason to stop using the Tread+, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed. Children under 16 should never use the Tread+, and Members should keep children, pets, and objects away from the Tread+ at all times.”
In contrast, the CPSC urges consumers to “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,” the agency warns, and it says consumers should also take the following steps:
- “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.”
The agency notes that from August 2018 to September 2020 the Tread Plus was called, simply, the Tread. It gives the model number as TR-01.
The CPSC also posted a video that illustrates how a child can get pulled beneath the Peloton Tread Plus. It’s unclear from the video whether the child escaped serious injury. The toddler does manage to get free of the machine and stumble away. Note: The video may be disturbing to watch.
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