If you have Peloton Trade+, you could be setting a death trap in your home without knowing it. Since 2018, the popular treadmill has been involved in at least 39 dangerous incidents. Last year, the peloton took off in the U.S. after several clip-on pedals broke. I recalled about 30,000 bikes.
It has injured dozens of children over the past three years – and last month, one child even died. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday issued a safety warning about this popular treadmill: If you have pets or small children in the house, turn off your machine ASAP. Since the Peloton Tread+ is high off the ground, a belt mechanism underneath is easy for kids to reach, which can suck them under the machinery.
Although the CPSC urged Peloton to recall the $4,300 treadmill, the exercise company dug its heels and insisted that its technology is safe when used properly. Speaking of recalls, if you have a Ford car, SUV or truck, you may need to turn it in for necessary repairs. Keep reading for seven essential safety tips to make sure your family uses this exercise equipment safely.
Here’s the backstory
Federal regulators have just released a spooky video of a child playing with Peloton Trade+. One moment, he’s playing with a ball—the next, he’s stuck under the equipment and sucked down. Although he manages to escape at the end of the video, the other kids weren’t so lucky.
On February 3, a father found his three-year-old son at the bottom of Peloton Trade+. The CPSC reported that he had a neck injury, and running marks matching the slats of the treadmill were on his back. Hospital staff revived the boy, who now has significant brain damage.
Although he is expected to make a full recovery, a March 18 post on Peloton’s website announced grim news. CEO John Foley said one child died in a crash involving the peloton. He gave no details, but said the company was aware of “small incidents involving Trade+ where children have been hurt.”
Exercise equipment is extremely dangerous for young children. The US National Institutes of Health revealed that 25,000 children under the age of 10 suffered injuries from exercise equipment. Two years ago, the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that 2,000 patients under the age of eight had specific treadmill injuries.
How to handle fitness equipment safely
It might make for funny YouTube videos, but falling off a treadmill is no laughing matter. The Consumer Product Safety Commission received 17 reports of treadmill-related deaths between 2018 and 2020. One of them was a 5 year old girl.