The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning regarding the dangers of the popular Peloton Tread+ exercise machine. They released a horrifying video of a child being sucked under it urging people to stop using the treadmill. After multiple such accidents involving toddlers and a pet, the commission in a press release stated, “The urgent warning comes less than a month after Peloton itself released news of a child’s death by a Peloton Tread+ and CPSC’s announcement of an investigation into that incident.” The exercise equipment is found in violation of public health and safety.
The video released on the commission’s YouTube page is to serve as a harsh reminder of the danger it poses to young children playing around it. The short clip shows two kids playing. The older child is on the treadmill while the younger child is playing with a ball next to it. The ball bounces around and falls onto the treadmill and gets sucked under it. The little boy is still holding on to it and seems frozen to the spot before he also starts getting dragged along with the ball under the machine. The girl jumps off the treadmill and is seen running out of the frame.
The boy manages to free himself from the treadmill but then gets pulled in again, this time going under the machine. But he somehow manages to free himself and walks away seemingly unharmed. “It is believed that at least one incident occurred while a parent was running on the treadmill, suggesting that the hazard cannot be avoided simply by locking the device when not in use,” the statement read. “Reports of a pet and objects being sucked beneath the Tread+ also suggest possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.”
The CPSC has found that 39 such incidents have taken place and one has resulted in death. Multiple reports of children becoming “entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product” were noted. The exercise machine that costs well over $4,000 is believed to pose a “serious risk to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.” CPSC has warned consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately. But if they want to use it, they urge the person to use it in a room that can be locked and children and pets will have no access to it. Even other miscellaneous objects are advised to be kept far away from the treadmill.
Pelton has responded to these warnings, calling them “inaccurate and misleading,” according to Business Insider. “There is no reason to stop using the Tread+, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed. Children under 16 should never use the Tread+, and Members should keep children, pets, and objects away from the Tread+ at all times,” the statement from the company reiterated. Peloton CEO John Foley in a message said, “Our hearts go out to Members who have had an incident where a child or pet was injured and who want their privacy at this time. As a parent myself, I hope that our Peloton community continues to treat each other with respect and compassion.”