Consumer Product Safety Commission: Peloton Tread+ Treadmill Safety Incident [Warning, video content may be disturbing to some viewers]. YouTube Tips ⓘ
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Saturday, April 17, 2021 a warning to consumers about the danger of the popular Peloton Tread+ exercise machine after multiple incidents involving small children and a pet being injured beneath the machines. The Commission has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.
To date, CPSC is aware of 39 incidents including one death. CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death. In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately. CPSC supplied a video that demonstrates the hazard risk to children playing near or on the Tread+. In the video a child arm’s become entrapped under the treadmill and belt while his sister is standing on the treadmill belt. His face becomes planted on the moving treadmill belt — likely causing abrasions to the face. His sister apparently goes to get help. The child manages to re-position, only to find his entire body being pulled under the treadmill. By squirming under the weight of the treadmill, the child manages to free himself on his own effort.
The treadmill can be locked when not in use, but at least one incident occurred while a parent was running on the treadmill. The accident with the presence of a parent indicates a universal risk and suggests that the hazard cannot be avoided simply by locking the treadmill when not in use or when left unattended. Reports of a pet and objects being pulled beneath the Tread+ also suggest possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.
The urgent warning comes less than a month after Peloton released news of a child’s death by a Peloton Tread+ and CPSC’s announcement of an investigation into that incident.
The agency is continuing to investigate all known incidents of injury or death related to the Peloton Tread+.
What Peloton consumers should do now?
Stop using the Peloton Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home. Incidents suggest that children may be seriously injured while the Tread+ is being used by an adult, not just when a child has unsupervised access to the machine.
If consumers must continue to use the product, CPSC urges consumers to use the product only in a locked room, to prevent access to children and pets while the treadmill is in use. Keep all objects, including exercise balls and other equipment, away from the treadmill.
When not in use, unplug the Tread+ and store the safety key away from the device and out of reach of children.
Report any Peloton Tread+ incidents to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov or to CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.
Tread+ treadmills are sold directly to consumers via retail showrooms, and online at www.onepeloton.com.
Model No. TR-01 was called “Tread” from August 2018 to September 2020, when it was renamed “Tread+”.
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