Peloton recalled all of its Tread+ and Tread treadmills on Wednesday following a fight with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recommendation to do so.
The CPSC said that there has been one child death and 70 other injuries tied to the treadmills, but Peloton had refused to recall their product earlier this month on the federal agency’s warnings. The CPSC was aware of “multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under” the device.
The CPSC released a video showing a small child playing with a powered-on treadmill while it lifts off the ground and the child becomes pinned under it. The agency released details of other incidents, including a child being injured when an adult was using it and “pets and objects” also being sucked beneath the treadmill suggesting “possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.”
Be prepared, the video is alarming. The child in the video was not injured, but surely could have been.
The recall involves about 125,000 treadmills, including the $4,295 Tread+ as well as Peloton’s cheaper Tread, which costs $2,495. That machine hasn’t yet been released in the United States. Both treadmills are “slat-belt” treadmills, which need a higher torque motor and ground clearance than a typical home treadmill, making them a risk for children and pets. Peloton pulled both machines off its website Wednesday.