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Peloton Resists Federal Safety Recall for Treadmill Tied to Childs Death – Gizmodo

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Peloton is pushing back against a request from federal regulators to recall its Tread+ treadmill after the product was involved in a child’s death last month, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which launched an investigation shortly after the incident, plans to issue a new consumer safety warning as soon as this Saturday outlining the potential dangers posed by the Peloton Tread+, according to officials who spoke with the outlet on the condition of anonymity. Peloton has reportedly been stalling these efforts, negotiating with regulators over the wording and timing of a consumer alert and questioning whether a full recall is even warranted.

Peloton, a multi-billion-dollar exercise equipment manufacturer and media company, came under fire last month after CEO and co-founder John Foley posted a letter to the company’s website about the child’s death, calling it a “tragic accident.” He went on to disclose that Peloton is aware of “a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt,” and reiterated the product’s safety instructions, which warn users to keep kids and pets away from Peloton equipment “at all times”.

Earlier this week, regulators issued an administrative subpoena to force a reluctant Peloton to disclose information about the child who died as regulators continue their investigation into what exactly went wrong, the officials said. The Post’s sources said the CPSC has found “dozens” of incidents involving Peloton’s treadmills. These included reports of users who experienced injuries such as broken bones and head trauma after getting trapped beneath the equipment.

“This doesn’t happen with other treadmills,” one official with knowledge of the case told the Post. “It is a different hazard pattern than is typically seen.”

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