By Angela Leone
Last week, Peloton, the multi-billion dollar at-home fitness company most known for its brand of interactive exercise bikes, recalled its Tread and Tread+ model treadmills after the machines were linked to dozens of injuries and the tragic death of a six-year-old child.
Weeks before, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had urged Peloton to move forward with the recall, a move with which Peloton did not cooperate. John Foley, Peloton CEO, said in a statement last week that the company “made a mistake” by not engaging with the CPSC from the beginning and instead fighting them on the recall. “The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s members and families,” Foley said.
According to the CPSC, there were 72 reports of adults, children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear of the Peloton Tread+ machines. Twenty-nine of those 72 reports involved children, including a 6-year-old who died. The CPSC also reported that the touch screen on the Peloton Tread machines can detach and fall, posing a risk of injury, and that injuries related to such incidents were reported in Canada and Britain.
Peloton is currently working on a software patch that will be provided to consumers “in the coming weeks.” The improvements will automatically lock the Tread+ after use and will require a 4-digit passcode to unlock it. Alternatively, customers can choose to return the machine for a full refund of $4,295.
Peloton’s product defects claimed the life of a six-year-old child and injured dozens of others. Injury attorneys at Messa & Associates have a deep understanding of the time, energy, and tenacity it takes to litigate a defective products claim against a billion-dollar company like Peloton. If you or a loved one have been injured by this or any other defective product, contact an attorney at Messa & Associates. Our law firm is ready and willing to fight the toughest lawyers for the biggest companies because we are Philadelphia’s toughest injury firm. Call us directly at 877-637-7252 for a free consultation or submit an online inquiry for a free case evaluation.