Peloton is Recalling its Treadmills Following the Death of a Child and 70+ Injuries
Peloton is finally recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills today, but it took 70+ injuries, a child’s death, and “weeks of intense negotiation and effort,” according to a statement issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Peloton initially resisted recalling its treadmills, even after the CPSC issued an urgent warning regarding the dangers of these products last month.
At the time of the CPSC’s first warning over two weeks ago, it was aware of 39 incidents involving the treadmill, including one death and multiple reports of children, pets, and objects “becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under” the machine.
Today’s recall includes the $4,295 Peloton Tread+ with model number TR01. The $2,495 Peloton Tread (model number TR02) is also under recall due to a separate risk of the touchscreen detaching and falling from the unit, posing the risk of injury to consumers.
Upon issuing the belated recall, Peloton also admitted in a statement that it was wrong to defy the CPSC’s initial request for them to take action. Peloton CEO John Foley said,
“I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the CPSC’s request. For that, I apologize. We believe strongly in the future of at-home connected fitness and are committed to work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills.”
If you have either one of these treadmills, you’re urged to stop using it immediately and contact Peloton for a full refund by November 6, 2022. The company can be reached by phone (toll-free) at 844-410-0141 or online at onepeloton.com. Click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.