Peloton, consumer watchdog spar over alert to stop using treadmill after child’s death, injuries

Consumer Product Safety Commission warned Americans to stop using the Peloton Tread+ treadmill following 39 reports of injuries, including one death

Government watchdogs are warning Americans to stop using a popular Peloton treadmill, but the company is disputing officials’ take on the situation.

Investors reacting to the weekend news driving shares lower in Monday’s session.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the alert about Peloton’s Tread+ exercise machines Saturday morning after multiple incidents of small children and a pet being injured under the machines, officials said. At least one child died following an accident with the treadmill, Peloton announced last month.

The CPSC is aware of 39 incidents, including the death, officials said Saturday. It is continuing to investigate all the cases.

“CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death,” the agency said in its announcement. “In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately.”

A recall has not been issued. 

Officials released a disturbing video from one incident that shows a child in Virginia playing near a running Tread+ and getting caught under the machine. The child survived, but addition details about his condition weren’t immediately available.