CPSC urges people with children at home to stop using the Peloton Tread Plus treadmill ‘immediately’

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Saturday has issued a warning about Peloton Tread Plus treadmills, saying the machines “pose serious risks to children from abrasions, fractures and death.” In a March blog post by CEO John Foley, the company said it was informed that a child was killed in an accident on the treadmill.

The agency says it is aware of 39 incidents with the Tread Plus, including one death. “In light of multiple reports of children becoming trapped, trapped and pulled under the rear roll of the product, CPSC is urging consumers with children at home to immediately discontinue use of the product,” the CPSC said. bulletin.

The CPSC has posted a video show what can happen in a Tread Plus accident involving a child. It shows an unattended child being pulled under the treadmill and nearly crushed before he can escape (we link to the video, but don’t include it as it’s distracting to watch).

The agency has prepared a list of recommendations for users of the Tread Plus:

Stop using the Peloton Tread Plus if there are small children or pets in the house. Incidents suggest that children could be seriously injured while the Tread Plus is being used by an adult, not just when a child has unattended access to the machine.

If consumers must continue to use the product, CPSC urges consumers to use the product only in an enclosed area 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.

Unplug the Tread Plus and keep the safety key away from the device and out of the reach of children.

Regardless of the incident in which the child died, the CPSC has received a notification In February, a three-year-old boy suffered a “significant brain injury” in an incident involving a Tread Plus treadmill. According to that report, the child had tread marks on his back that matched the treadmill sipes, as well as neck and other injuries. At the time, Platoon commented on the report, saying the child is “expected to make a full recovery” from that incident.

Platoon said in a statement Saturday that it refuted what it called a “misleading, inaccurate bulletin” by the CPSC. According to Peloton, the company had sought to make a joint announcement with the CPSC about “the danger of not following the warnings and safety instructions provided” with the Tread Plus. The agency has falsely described Peloton’s efforts to cooperate and correct inaccuracies in the CPSC press release as an attempt to procrastinate, according to the company. This couldn’t be further from the truth. ”

The company said Washington Post that it did not believe a recall of the Tread Plus was necessary.