The CPSC received 39 reports of safety incidents, including the death, involving children, objects and a pet. In some cases children became entrapped, pinned and pulled under the rear roller of the machine. The agency warned that the treadmill poses serious risks of abrasions, fractures and death to children and urged consumers with kids to stop using it immediately.
At least one incident cited by the CPSC occurred while a parent was present and running on the treadmill. In addition, there’s evidence of a pet and other objects being sucked underneath the machine. The CPSC said the Tread+ also poses a hazard for those using it if they lose their balance and slip off.
Peloton disputes warning, calls Tread+ ‘safe’
Peloton disagrees with the CPSC safety notice to stop using the machine, calling the warning “inaccurate and misleading.”
“The Tread+ is safe for Members to use in their homes and comes with safety instructions and warnings to ensure its safe use,” the company said in a statement. “Like all motorized exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed.”
The manufacturer said that it was aware of the child’s death and that it notified the CPSC and its customers of the incident. Peloton also urged consumers to follow the safety instructions that come with the machine and reiterated that the Tread+ is not designed for those under age 16.