Peloton had recalled its Tread+ and Tread treadmills following the death of one child and at least 70 reported injuries. The company also admitted it made a mistake when it initially challenged the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request to pull its products.
The recall, issued on May 5, 2021, involves Peloton Tread+ treadmills, which comprise the bulk of the recall with roughly 125,000 units in the U.S., and Peloton Tread treadmills, of which there are 1,050 in the U.S. According to information from the CPSC:
- Peloton Tread+ treadmills with model number TR02 were recalled following the death of a 6-year-old child who was pulled under the rear of the treadmill. Peloton has also received over 70 other reports of adults, children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear of the treadmill, including 29 reported child injuries involving abrasions, broken bones, and lacerations. Recalled Tread+ treadmills, which were initially launched as the Tread in 2018 but renamed Tread+ in September 2020, were sold online at onepeloton.com and at Peloton showrooms from September 2018 through April 2021.
- Peloton Tread treadmills with model number TR02 were recalled due to injury risks created by touchscreens that can loosen, detach, and fall. No injuries have been reported in the U.S., but there have been reports of injuries in Canada and the UK. Peloton Tread treadmills were sold as part of a limited release online at onepeloton.com and at Peloton showrooms between November 2020 and March 2021.
Peloton and the CPSC advise consumers to immediately stop using recalled treadmills and to contact Peloton for a full refund until November 6, 2022, after which a partial refund will be available. Peloton is also offering to move consumers’ treadmills to a room that cannot be accessed by children or pets and is implementing software improvements to automatically lock the Tread+ after each use and prevent access by requiring users to enter a passcode.
Peloton Treadmill Lawsuits
If you, your child, or a loved one were injured by a Peloton treadmill, you may be entitled to compensation. There have been dozens of reported injuries to children and adult users and one reported child death. While these tragic incidents have led to the latest recall, such recalls do not provide victims who suffer personal injury with compensation needed for medical bills, future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Fortunately, victims have options to pursue a financial recovery of their damages. This includes a products liability claim against Peloton for failing to ensure the safety of its treadmills. Products cases may claim that a product is defectively designed or manufactured, that manufacturers failed to warn consumers about risks, and / or that manufacturers were negligent, among other claims. These cases require thorough investigations and the insight of experts who provide their opinions about defects and whether a safer alternative design was feasible.
The Becker Law Firm is a U.S. News’ “Best Law Firms” rated trial practice that has recovered over $600 Million in compensation for victims across Ohio and the U.S. We have extensive experience litigating complex claims involving defective products, serious personal injury, child injuries, and wrongful death. Our Cleveland personal injury attorneys are available to discuss your potential case during a FREE consultation.