NEW YORK (AP) – Safety regulators on Saturday warned people with children and pets to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after a child died and others were injured.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said children and at least one pet were pulled, pinned and trapped under the rear roller of the Tread + treadmill, resulting in broken bones, abrasions and the death of a child.
The safety commission said in a press release and in emails that it was aware of 39 “incidents” with the treadmill, involving “several” or “dozens” of children, but did not specify one. number of children. He said the majority of the incidents resulted in injuries, including one death.
The commission posted a video on its YouTube page of a child being pulled under the treadmill.
Of the 39 incidents, 23 involved children, according to New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc .; 15 included items like medicine balloons, and one included a pet, he said.
Peloton said in a press release that the safety commission’s warning was “inaccurate and misleading”. He says there’s no reason to stop using the treadmill as long as children and pets are kept away from him at all times, and it’s turned off when not in use. and a security key is removed.
But the safety committee said in at least one episode a child was pulled under the treadmill while a parent ran on it, suggesting it can be dangerous for children even when a parent is present.
If adults want to continue using the treadmill, the commission said, they should only use it in a locked room so children and pets cannot come near it. When not in use, the treadmill should be unplugged and the safety key removed and hidden. The commission also said to keep exercise balls and other items away, as these were also pulled under the treadmill.
Peloton is best known for its stationary bikes, but it introduced the treadmill about three years ago and now calls it the Tread +. It costs over $ 4,000.
Sales of Peloton equipment have skyrocketed during the pandemic, as people fatigued by viruses are instead avoiding gyms and workouts at home. The company generated $ 1 billion in revenue in the last three months of 2020, more than double its revenue compared to the same period a year earlier.
The commission did not say how many Peloton treadmills were sold.
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