Peloton Resists Recall Request After its Tread+ Treadmill Left a Child Dead and Others Injured

According to the Washington’s Post, Peloton has resisted Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSP) request to recall its Tread+ Treadmill which resulted in the death of a child in March. 

In response to this, CPSP is currently planning on issuing a consumer alert about the Tread Plus and may do so as early as Saturday. 

The CPSC is aware of “‘dozens’ of incidents involving Peloton’s treadmills, some involving pets or exercise balls and many of them has resulted in serious injuries.

According to the CPSP, the three-year-old has suffered a ”significant brain injury. the child was found to have tread marks on his back matching the slats of the treadmill, neck injury, and petechiae on his face, presumably from occlusion of blood flow.”

John Foley, the CEO of Peloton, has acknowledged the death in an open letter.

“While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt,” Foley wrote in his letter. “Each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.”

Despite this, John Foley has announced that he “does not believe a recall is necessary.” 

He reiterated in his open letter the safety instructions for Peloton’s Tread Plus exercise treadmill.

Foley only warns consumers  that not only should children be kept away from the treadmill, but that owners should “store it out of reach of children” when it’s not in use.

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