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Federal Regulator Warns Against Using Peloton

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    April 19, 2021 8:35 AM +0430

    Federal Regulator Warns Against Using Peloton Treadmill After Child Dies

    TOPLINE Federal safety regulators on Saturday warned consumers to stop using one of Peloton’s treadmills if small children are at home, citing multiple injuries and one death after children were pinned under the machine, but Peloton disputed the move as “inaccurate and misleading.”

    KEY FACTS
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission encouraged Peloton Tread+ owners to steer clear of the $4,295 exercise machine if children or pets are at home; if they choose to continue using the treadmill, the commission recommended keeping it in a locked room.

    Regulators have identified 39 accidents connected with the Tread+, including one death, often after children were trapped under the device, CPSC said in a statement. pgslot

    The agency tweeted out a video of a child getting pulled underneath a moving treadmill.

    Peloton insisted CPSC’s warning is inaccurate, arguing in a statement Saturday the machine is safe as long as customers follow instructions, including keeping children away from the machine and removing its safety key when it’s not in use.

    The company claimed it was open to sending out a joint announcement with CPSC reminding customers to follow instructions, but the agency chose to act unilaterally.

    SURPRISING FACT
    Regulators didn’t issue a recall for the treadmill because Peloton did not agree to this idea, said Joe Martyak, CPSC’s director of communications. Most recall notices issued by CPSC are the result of voluntary agreements between a company and the agency. Mandatory recalls often require years-long court fights. A Peloton spokesperson told Forbes “a recall has never been warranted” because the machine is safe as long as it is used as directed.

    CRUCIAL QUOTE
    “Peloton has not agreed to do a recall or a stopped sale. We hope that will change,” Martyak told Forbes.

    CHIEF CRITIC
    “There is no reason to stop using the Tread+, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed,” Peloton wrote in its statement Saturday.

    KEY BACKGROUND
    The CPSC began investigating Peloton’s treadmill after the company reported last month that a child died while using the machine. Since then, the company has fought calls for a recall, the Post reported Friday. Peloton initially declined to give CPSC the name of the child who died, forcing the agency to seek a subpoena. Peloton said in a statement it withheld information from regulators because of requests from its customers to protect their privacy.