U.S. safety regulators are urging people with children and pets to stop using Peloton Tread+ treadmills following the death of one child and the injury of nearly 40 others.
Peloton Tread+ Linked to Reports of Abrasions, Fractures, and Death
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is possible for children to become “entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller” of Pelotons Tread+ treadmill. The agency says it is aware of 39 incidents and claims the Peloton Tread+ poses a “serious risk to children” for fractures, abrasions, and even death.
In light of these reports, the CPSC is urging all consumers who have children at home to top using the treadmills. The agency has stated that at least one incident occurred while a parent was using the treadmill and suggested that based on that incident, the hazard cannot be avoided by locking the device when it is not in use.
The CPSC added that it has received reports of pets being pulled and stuck beneath the Tread+ treadmill as well as various objects. Incidents like these could also pose a hazard to users as objects being pulled beneath the treadmill could cause the user to lose balance and fall.
The CPSC stated that they are continuing to investigate all known instances of injury and death related to Peloton Tread+ treadmills and released a video demonstrating that the hazard the Tread+ can pose to children.
What Precautions Should Owners of the Peloton Tread+ Treadmill Take?
According to the CSPC, owners of Peloton Tread+ treadmills should:
- Stop using the Peloton Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home.
- If consumers must continue using their Peloton Tread+, they should only use the product in a locked room in order to prevent access to children and pets while the treadmill is in use.
- Consumers should keep all objects, including exercise balls and other equipment, away from the treadmill.
- When not in use, Tread+ treadmills should be unplugged with the safety key should be removed from the device and stored out of reach of children.
- Users should report any incidents involving Peloton Tread+ treadmills to the CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov or to CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.
The CPSC reiterates that incidents suggest children may be seriously injured while the Tread+ is being used by adults and not just when an unsupervised child has access to the machine.
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