Exercise equipment company Peloton has recalled on May 5 its Tread+ and Tread treadmills after reports of injuries and one death, reversing its initial decision.
“Consumers who have purchased either treadmill should immediately stop using it and contact Peloton for a full refund or other qualified remedy,” Peloton announced in a joint statement with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Peloton added that it has stopped the sale and distribution of the Tread+, which the CPSC warned about last month after several reports of injuries and a death of a six-year-old who was pulled under the rear of the treadmill.
According to the statement, Peloton has received 72 reports of adult users, children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear of the Tread+ treadmill, including 29 reports of injuries to children.
Peloton also received reports of minor injuries for the Tread treadmill due to the the touchscreen console detaching and falling, though the reports were in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Peloton apologized for not recalling their products when CPSC gave the warnings and for insisting the “safe” use of the products.
“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,” Peloton Chief Executive John Foley said in the announcement.
“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,” CPSC Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler stated.
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