The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to owners of the Peloton Tread+ after there were more than three dozen incidents involving children or pets.
The commission told owners Saturday not to use the treadmill, which has a price tag of $4,300, if they have children or pets at home after becoming aware of 39 incidents, one of which resulted in death.
The exercise machine “poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death,” the commission said. It also released a video to show the dangers of the machine, and in it, a boy gets pulled underneath the treadmill, which pins him down.
“There is no reason to stop using the Tread+, as long as all warnings and safety instructions are followed,” it said in a statement, adding that children and pets should always be kept away from the equipment.
The company sent “an urgent reminder directly” to Tread+ members to follow the equipment’s instructions March 18, it noted in its rebuttal to the commission. Included in the note was an announcement that a child had died as a result of an incident with the treadmill.
“While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved,” CEO John Foley said in the letter.