Following multiple reports of injuries and at least one fatality involving the Peloton’s Tread + treadmill, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an “urgent warning” that the product “poses serious safety risks” children and must not be small children or pets.
To date, at least 39 security incidents involving the Tread + have been unearthed, including the death of a child last month, regulators said in A press release the Saturday. Reports of objects and at least one animal sucked under the machine while it was activated have also surfaced.
“CPSC staff believe the Tread + Platoon poses serious risks to children from abrasions, fractures and death,” the agency said. “In light of several reports of children being trapped, pinned and pulled under the rear roller of the product, the CPSC urges consumers with children at home to immediately stop using the product.”
The CPSC also shared a disturbing video of one of these incidents, which, he says, demonstrates the dangers to children posed by Tread +. The video shows small children playing on the activated treadmill before a ball is caught below and lifts the machine off the ground, pinning one of the children below. Fortunately, the child survived.
The agency advised consumers with small children and pets to stop using Tread + immediately. He noted that in at least one case where a child was injured, it is believed that a parent was running on the treadmill at the time, “suggesting that danger cannot be avoided simply by locking the device when ‘it is not used.
For consumers who continue to use the treadmill, the CPSC has advised that the treadmill be kept in a locked room to prevent children and pets from approaching it when it is activated. When not in use, consumers should unplug the Tread + and store its safety key, which is needed to turn on the machine, away from the treadmill and out of the reach of children. All objects, including other exercise equipment, should also be kept a safe distance from the treadmill.
Platoon blew up the CPSC on Saturday, calling the warning “inaccurate and misleading.” The company has would have retaliated against CPSC’s request for a product safety recall and argues that improper use –do not the design of the treadmill – is to blame for these incidents.
“There is no reason to stop using the Tread +, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed,” Peloton said in A press release. “Children under the age of 16 should never use Tread + and members should keep children, pets and objects away from Tread + at all times.”
The company reiterated that safety warnings are included in the Tread + user manual and listed on the product itself, which advises users to keep children and pets away from Peloton equipment at at all times and remove the safety key when not in use. In response to the video posted by the CPSC, Peloton argued that if the treadmill security key had been handled according to the instructions, it could have avoided the “kind of incident described in this video”.
Platoon also contested recent complaints that he has blocked efforts by regulators to alert consumers to potential safety issues with his treadmill. Peloton claimed to have tried to work with CPSC on a joint announcement revealing the dangers of not following Tread + safety warnings, but said the agency was “unwilling to engage in a meaningful discussion. Before publishing its consumer safety alert.
“The CPSC unfairly characterized Peloton’s efforts to collaborate and correct inaccuracies in the CPSC press release as an attempt to delay. This couldn’t be further from the truth, ”the company said.
Nonetheless, Peloton said it remains open to working with CPSC in the future to ensure the safety of consumers while using its products.
On Saturday, the CPSC said it was continuing to investigate “all known incidents” with the treadmill and asked people to report the incidents. on his website or via its hotline at 800-638-2772. For the moment, a voluntary recall has not been issued because Peloton has not agreed to stop selling the Tread + or to offer repairs or replacements for machines already on the market, according to a person familiar with the matter. who spoke about it. CNN.