Peloton recalls treadmills over a child's death and other injury cases

Peloton recalls treadmills over a child's death and other injury cases

New York based exercise equipment and media company, Peloton has reportedly recalled its treadmills in the US and UK on account of a series of safety concerns highlighted by a US watchdog. According to the watchdog, the equipment could cause injury or death to children, adults and pets in case they get pulled underneath.

The company is expected to recall 125,000 Tread and Tread+ machines in the U.S. following the death of a six-year-old child. Reportedly, tread machines sold in the UK are also being recalled due to the possibility of consoles falling off. Besides the fatal accident, the company has reported 72 cases of injuries such as cuts, grazes, and broken bones.

John Foley, Founder and CEO of Peloton stated that the company made a mistake in its initial response towards the request to recall the Tread+ machines made by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The company should have engaged more productively with CPSC for the outset, he added.

CPSC stated that Peloton had recalled the Tread+ and Peloton Tread voluntarily as these machines posed a safety issue as their display console can possibly fall off.

The agreement between the watchdog and Peloton apparently implies that the firm must stop the sales of these machines in the US and provide a full refund to the customers who want to return them.

Meanwhile, Robert Adler, Acting Chairman of the CPSC stated that the agreement between Peloton and CPSC is the outcome of weeks of rigorous negotiation and effort. Conclusion of this cooperative agreement would serve the best interests of the company as well as of the consumers.

For the records, the Tread machine was sold only as part of a limited invitation-only release in the US from November 2020 to March 2021. The company had stated that it is presently working on the repair which is supposed to be offered to Tread owners in the coming weeks. However, the statement does not mention about Tread repairs outside the US.

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