Peloton recalls 2 treadmills after child death, injuries reported

Peloton CEO apologizes for company’s initial response to CPSC’s recall recommendation

Peloton recalls treadmills
Peloton recalls treadmills

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Peloton on Wednesday announced two separate voluntary recalls of Peloton’s Tread+ and Tread treadmills.

The recalls came after CPSC said children and at least one pet were pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of a 6-year-old.

As of Wednesday, according to CPSC, it had received 72 reports of people, pets or objects being pulled under the rear of the Tread+ treadmill, including 29 reports of injuries to children.

“I am pleased that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Peloton have come to an agreement to protect users of the Peloton Tread+ and Tread products. The agreement, which the Commission voted this morning to accept, requires Peloton to immediately stop selling and distributing both the Tread+ and Tread products in the United States and refund the full purchase price to consumers who wish to return their treadmills,” Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the CPSC said in a statement.

READ: Full statement from acting chairman of CPSC

The recalls involved about 125,000 Peloton Tread+ treadmills and about 1,050 of the company’s Tread treadmills.

Consumers who have purchased either treadmill should immediately stop using it and contact Peloton for a full refund or other qualified remedy as described in the news releases below:

Peloton has also stopped sale and distribution of the Tread+ and continues to work on additional hardware modifications. CPSC previously warned consumers about the Tread+ in April.

In the United States, the Tread was only sold as part of a limited invitation-only release from about November 2020 to about March 2021 and the company is currently working on a repair to be offered to Tread owners in the coming weeks.

Below is the statement from Peloton’s CEO John Foley:

“The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s members and their families. 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+. We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize. Today’s announcement reflects our recognition that, by working closely with the CPSC, we can increase safety awareness for our Members. We believe strongly in the future of at-home connected fitness and are committed to work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills. We have a desire and a responsibility to be an industry leader in product safety.”

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