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Peloton Recalls All Treadmills After Child's Death

Peloton has agreed to recall its Tread+ and Tread treadmills after resisting calls to do so.
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Peloton has agreed to recall its Tread+ and Tread treadmills after resisting calls to do so; the machines have been tied to the death of one child and 70 injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's request that we recall the Tread+," CEO John Foley said in a statement Wednesday. "We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize."

"The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation," said Robert Adler, acting chairman of the CPSC. Peloton will also work with the agency to set new safety standards for treadmills. Read on to find out more about the controversy—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.

What Went Wrong With the Treadmills

The Government watchdog agency had issued an "urgent" warning about Peloton's treadmill after many incidents of children—and a pet—being injured, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Peloton itself had previously announced at least one child had died. 

In a statement released at the time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission "staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death," the agency said in its announcement. "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." 

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The "Urgent Warning" Came After a Child's Death, Says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

"The urgent warning," says the agency, "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…. 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."

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The Peloton CEO and Co-Founder Initially Refused to Recall the Treadmill

John Foley, Peloton CEO and Co-Founder, responded to the Commission by refusing to recall the product. You may "have read news reports suggesting that CPSC believes that we should stop selling or recall the Tread+," he wrote in a blog post. "I want to assure you that we have no intention of doing so. The Tread+ is safe when our warnings and safety instructions are followed, and we know that, every day, thousands of Members enjoy working out safely on their Tread+."

"But I urge you to stay vigilant," he continued. "Remember, the Tread+ is not for children under 16, and children, pets, and objects need to be kept away from the Tread+ at all times. When the Tread+ is not in use, store the Safety Key away from the Tread+ and out of reach of children. Our Tread instructors remind us at the beginning and end of each class to keep these safety instructions top of mind. In addition, many of you have chimed in on social media in recent weeks to share helpful tips, such as working out during naptime, having someone watch the kids while you work out, or using a baby gate to keep children, pets, and objects away. Thank you for sharing those suggestions with our community."

"Our hearts go out to Members who have had an incident where a child or pet was injured and who want their privacy at this time," he added. "As a parent myself, I hope that our Peloton community continues to treat each other with respect and compassion."

He has since changed his tune and agreed to the recall. If you bought a Peloton Tread or Tread+, contact the retailer about the recall. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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