Miami Herald

Peloton recalls treadmills after a 6-year-old died and 29 other children were injured

- BY DAVID J. NEAL dneal@miamiheral­d.com David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

A month after pushing back against the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s warning about its Tread+ treadmills, Peloton recalled 125,000 of the treadmills and 6,450 Tread treadmills in the United States and Canada.

The exact problem with the $4,300 Tread+ treadmills as stated in Wednesday’s USCPSC alert: “Adult users, children, pets and objects can be pulled underneath the rear of the treadmill, posing a risk of injury or death.”

And that potential tragedy was a reality for a 6year-old who died in that manner. The alert also says Peloton “has received 72 reports of adult users, children, pets and/or obtaking jects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill, including 29 reports of injuries to children such as second- and third-degree abrasions, broken bones, and laceration­s.”

As for the $2,500 Tread treadmills: “The touchscree­n on the treadmill can detach and fall, posing a risk of injury to consumers.”

That alert says Peloton has received 18 reports of touchscree­ns loosening, six of them coming off entirely and “abrasions, minor cuts and bruises” in Canada and the United Kingdom.

“While Peloton initially refused to recall the Tread+ despite calls for a recall from the CPSC, members of Congress and consumer groups including KID (Kids In Danger); we applaud them for doing the right thing now by responsibi­lity and recalling this product,” said a statement from Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger.

Cowles noted that when KID contacted Peloton about a commercial with an infant sleeping in an environmen­t that wasn’t safe, Peloton pulled the commercial and “we believe today’s action shows that they are committed to child safety in the future.”

Peloton CEO John Foley said in a statement: “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.”

Peloton is offering refunds for the Tread+ and refunds or repairs for the

Tread. This covers model No. TR01 of the Tread+, originally sold as Peloton Tread in September 2018, but renamed Tread+ last September; and model No. TR02 of the Tread.

The alert also said Peloton is implementi­ng safety software that automatica­lly locks the treadmill after each use and require a four-digit passcode to

resume use.

To contact Peloton for a refund, a repair, or answers about this recall, call 844-410-0141, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time or 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on weekends.

 ?? U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ?? Peloton pulled Tread+ models a month after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that people could be pulled under the exercise equipment.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Peloton pulled Tread+ models a month after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that people could be pulled under the exercise equipment.

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