The video shared by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Saturday showed a young boy playing near a Peloton Tread+ when the ball he’s using gets trapped under the equipment and he gets pulled beneath.
In the clip, the boy struggles to free himself from the $4,295 exercise machine.
The safety commission said Saturday that it’s aware of 39 incidents with the treadmill, including one child who died.
“CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ 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.”
Peloton customers who want to continue to machines should keep them in a locked room away from kids and pets — as well as unplug them when not in use and keep all other objects away from them, the agency said.
Meanwhile, Peloton said in a statement that the safety commission’s warning was “inaccurate and misleading.”
“Peloton is disappointed that, despite its offers of collaboration, and despite the fact that the Tread+ complies with all applicable safety standards, CPSC was unwilling to engage in any meaningful discussions with Peloton before issuing its inaccurate and misleading press release,” the statement said.
It added that “there is no reason to stop using the Tread+ as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed.”
With Post wires