Peloton to Stop Selling, Distributing Tread and Tread Plus Machines
Due to reports of injuries and one child’s death, Peloton will voluntarily recall and immediately stop selling and distributing both the Tread Plus and Tread products in the United States.
Additionally, the company is refunding consumers who wish to return their treadmills,
Peloton initially refused to recall the $1,900 treadmills, but Peloton CEO John Foley reversed the decision and acknowledged the company “made a mistake” after weeks of discussions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” he said.
Just a few weeks ago, the federal safety commission issued an “urgent warning” for certain Peloton Tread+ treadmills. The CPSC received 39 accident reports and one report of a child’s death. Children were pinned, trapped or pulled under the rear rollover of the machine. Now, together with the equipment manufacturer, there are two safety recalls.
Touchscreen May Detach, Fall
The CPSC issued a second recall for Peloton’s Tread treadmills, model TR02 due to a risk its touchscreeen may become loose, detach and fall. There are roughly a dozen reports of these touchscreens coming loose and six reports of them coming off and falling. If this happens, there is a risk of injury to consumers.
So far none of the injuries were in the U.S. However, there were reports of cuts and bruises in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Consumers with this model of Peloton’s treadmill may have it inspected and repaired or request a full refund. Furthermore, consumers should stop using the treadmills immediately and contact the company.
Peloton sold the Tread in the United States as part of a limited invitation-only release. Sales began in November, 2020 through March, 2021.
In the coming weeks, the company is working on how to offer repairs to Tread owners who wish to keep their treadmills.