April 27, 2021 – The peloton is pushing back against a US government Warning About the safety of your pricey home use treadmill.
Experts wonder if this is a case of dangerous design flaws – or the need to be accountable to individual users.
peloton “Connected fitness” is the undisputed star of the movement. The company is best known for its high-tech. Exercise The bike, which combines riders for classes and users around the world, while developing a cult-like dedication.
The stock of the company declined by more than 7% after the ‘government’Immediate warning, “Which advised the owners of the company’s Trader + Treadmill to stop using it.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that at least one child died and others were injured under the machines. The Commission considers the product “a serious risk to children” Breach And death, ”it said in a news release.
The agency released a video of a child being trapped under one of the machines.
The agency is aware of 39 such incidents, it said in its April 17 warning. “In light of numerous reports of children being trapped, fumbling and pulling under the rear roller of the product, the CPSC urges consumers to stop using the product at home.”
The agency said at least one incident occurred when a parent was running on a treadmill. “Tread + also suggests potential harm to the user if the user loses as a result due to running down reports of a pet and items.”
Company disputes warning
In a release, the peloton said it was “upset” by the commission’s warning because it is “inaccurate and misleading”. The owners have no reason to stop using Tread + ”until all warnings and safety instructions have been followed. Children under 16 should never use Tread +, and members should keep children, pets, and items away from Tread +. “
The peloton’s classes now include “additional security messages”. He reminded users to remove the security key and store it somewhere safe from children, the company said.
In particular, the peloton took issue with a video released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, showing a child under a treadmill. The company said that if the security key had been used correctly, it could have “avoided the kind of incident in which this video was shown.”
“The security card left on top of the TRAD + tray upon delivery to TRAD + contains security warnings and instructions at several locations, including a user manual,” said Peloton.
Design Issues, Recall Standoff
The commission wants the peloton to be recalled to the device, which retails for about $ 4,300. (The new $ 2,500 model of the peloton does not appear to be in dispute.)
The company has Refused to do.
CEO John Foley wrote and thanked users for their “helpful tips”, such as taking naps of children, being a sitter during workouts, or using gates to keep children and pets away.
At issue is the height and belt of the treadmill. The agency is looking into potentially dangerous concerns.
Prior to this controversy, Peloton Trade + (formerly called Peloton Trade) was the top rated treadmill for Consumer Reports. The nonprofit watchdog gave its top score for user safety, looking at the stop button, how quickly the belt closes when the security key is pulled, and more.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is limited by laws that make action difficult without the company’s permission, said William Wallace, manager of safety policy for Consumer Reports.
Consumer reports state that the commission cannot order recall without going to court.
Earlier, in a separate case, the peloton issued a voluntary recall First generation pedals On his exercise bike purchased between 2013 and 2016, collaborating with the commission. The paddle had a risk of failure that damaged about 100 peloton owners, who were then able to request replacement parts from the company.
Treadmill Safety Tips
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 22,500 treadmill injuries in 2019, of which approximately 2,000 involved children under 8 years of age. Between 2018 and 2020, 17 treadmill-related deaths were reported, Consumer Reports found. It recommends the following for safety.
- Keep children away.
- Turn it off when not in use.
- Use the safety key so that the treadmill closes when you fall.
- Do not stand on the treadmill when you turn it on.
- Stop it before landing.