NEW YORK (AP) – Security officials on Saturday warned children and pets to immediately stop the Peloton-made treadmill after one child died and about 40 were injured.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it had received reports that children and pets were being pulled, trapped and trapped under a Tread + treadmill, leading to fractures and scratches and the death of one child.
The commission posted a video on its YouTube page of a child being dragged along a treadmill.
New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc. said in a news release that the warning was “inaccurate and misleading.” It says that there is no reason to stop using the racetrack, as long as children and animals are always away from it, it is turned off when not in use, և the safety key is removed.
But the safety committee said that at least once in a while, a child fell under a treadmill while a parent was running on it, suggesting that it could be dangerous for children even in the presence of a parent.
If adults want to continue using the racetrack, the commission said it should only be used indoors so that children and pets cannot access it. When not in use, the treadmill should be unplugged and the safety key removed and hidden. The committee also said to keep practice balls and other objects away from them as they were also pulled under the track.
Peloton is best known for its stationary bikes, but introduced the racetrack about three years ago and is now called Tread +. It costs more than $ 4,000.
Sales of Peloton equipment have risen during the epidemic as virus-infected people avoid going to the gym and exercising at home. The company generated $ 1 billion in revenue in the last three months of 2020, more than double the revenue for the same period last year.
The commission did not say how many of the Peloton tracks were sold.
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