Peloton recalling all treadmills over safety concerns
Peloton is recalling all of its treadmills over safety concerns following the death of a child and dozens of other injuries involving the machines.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Peloton announced that the company is issuing two separate voluntary recalls — one of its Peloton Tread+ units and one of its Peloton Tread units.
The company has also stopped selling the Tread+ and is working on additional hardware modifications.
The CPSC warned against using the Tread+ in mid-April, saying at the time that children and pets were being trapped, pinned and pulled under the rear rollers of the products.
At the time, CPSC said it knew of at least 38 incidents of children or pets becoming injured, as well as the accident in which a child died.
Peloton CEO John Foley previously pushed back, saying there was “no reason” to stop using the treadmill “as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed.”
Foley walked back his comments in a statement on Wednesday.
“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+,” Foley said.
“We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize,” he said.
In a recall announcement for the Tread+, the company said the “console on the Tread can detach and fall, posing a risk of injury to consumers.”
Peloton in its Tread recall announcement said the “touchscreen on the treadmill can detach and fall, posing a risk of injury to consumers.”
In addition to the child’s death, there were reports of 72 other adults, children, pets or objects being pulled under the rear, including reports of injuries in 29 children.
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