New York Daily News
Just one of many ‘tails’ in naked city Peloton backtracks, recalls 125G machines
Peloton on Wednesday recalled more than 100,000 of its treadmills after a young child died in an incident involving one of the machines in March.
The fitness company announced its voluntary recall of all its Tread and Tread+ models in a joint statement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that urged people to stop using the fitness equipment “immediately.”
The commission cited risk of death or serious injury in a tweet announcing the decision.
“I think it’s horrible. A child died. I’m going to see if I can return mine for sure,” Peloton treadmill owner Dana Rossi, a mom in Delray Beach, Fla., told the Daily News on Wednesday.
Rossi bought her Peloton treadmill for $4,900 in November and said it got her through lockdown. But now she’s ready to let it go.
“It’s so powerful. I did feel uncomfortable when my 9-year-old son ran on it. I would always watch him and never let him do it on his own,” she said. “It’s gigantic and there’s a lot of space underneath.”
Rossi, 52, was adamant she still
loves her Peloton bike and will continue using the Peloton treadmill workouts using the app and non-Peloton treadmills at her gym.
Peloton’s CEO had previously expressed “no intention” of a recall before changing his tune in the new announcement.
“The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s members and their
families,” 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.”
A 6-year-old child was killed after being pulled under one of the treadmills, according to the safety organization, which had warned the public on April 17 to stop using the machines.
Peloton has received 72 reports claiming people — including 29 kids — or items had been pulled under a treadmill. Children are said to have sustained cuts and broken bones.
Wednesday’s recall offers customers the opportunity to redeem a full refund for their treadmills until Nov. 6, 2022, as well as the option to have Peloton install new safety measures to machines that owners wish to keep.
About 125,000 machines are included in the recall, according to the safety commission.
“The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers,” said the commission’s acting chairman, Robert Adler.
“I would like to thank the CPSC technical staff who have worked tirelessly to protect consumers and to warn the public. Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products.”
Peloton had sold its treadmills for at least $4,200.