Platoon fights a recall request on its treadmill after a child died last month

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Peloton opposes a request from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall its Tread Plus treadmill, which was involved in the death of a child last month, the Washington Post reports tonightAt the time of the incident, the CPSC issued a statement that it was investigating.

The agency is reportedly planning to issue a consumer warning about the Tread Plus and may do so as early as Saturday, according to officials working with the Post. AAn official added that “this doesn’t happen with other treadmills.” The Washington Post sources tell the paper the CPSC is aware of “‘dozens’ of incidents involving Peloton’s treadmills, some involving pets or exercise balls and many resulting in serious injury.”

Bloomberg notes this past February the CPSC has received a notification that a three-year-old suffered a “significant brain injury.” He was found to have tread marks on his back that corresponded to the treadmill sipes, neck injuries, and petechiae on his face, presumably from blood flow occlusion. Platoon responded to the report that the child from that single incident is “expected to make a full recovery.”

Platoon CEO John Foley noted the death in an open letter on March 18, reiterating the safety instructions for Peloton’s Tread Plus training treadmill, including “Keep children and pets away from Peloton training equipment at all times. Before starting a workout, double check that the space around your Peloton workout equipment is clear. “

“While we know of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread + that have injured children,” Foley wrote, “every incident is devastating for all of us in Platoon, and our hearts go out to the families involved.”

In response to The edge, writes a Peloton spokesperson

We are disappointed that the CPSC is misrepresenting the situation. The Peloton Tread + is safe for home use when operated according to instructions and in accordance with our warnings and safety instructions. As a reminder, the Tread + is not intended for children under the age of 16 and children, pets and objects should be kept away from the Tread + at all times. Peloton is 100% committed to the safety of our members and we are always open to partnering with the CPSC to implement impactful security measures. When the Tread + is not in use, members should continue to follow the safety instructions by keeping the safety key, which will keep the Tread + inoperative, away from the Tread + and out of the reach of children.

A company spokesperson told the Post that it “does not believe a recall is necessary” and further that it did not provide further information to the CPSC at the family’s own request – and therefore asked the agency to issue a subpoena. The CPSC has reportedly issued an administrative subpoena requiring Platoon to provide supervisors with the family’s contact information so it can investigate the incident.

The question is whether the accident was the result of a poorly designed product or improper use – Peloton says that not only should children be kept away from the treadmill, but owners should also “store it out of the reach of children” when using it. is not in use. .

In October 2020 Platoon remembered the PR70P Clip-In Pedals, as they “may break unexpectedly during use and cause injury.”