LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The government is warning parents and pet owners to stop using the Tread+ by Peloton immediately after one death and dozens of other incidents involving injuries to children and pets.
The warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) comes following its release of a video that shows how quickly a rubber ball can get sucked underneath the treadmill. In the clip, a child is seen similarly getting stuck underneath the machine after trying to obtain the ball.READ MORE: Additional COVID Vaccination Site To Open Friday At Moreno Valley Mall In Former Sears Building
The CPSC issued an urgent warning to users of the device to stop after it became aware of 39 accidents, 23 of which involved children, and one involving a pet. In March, the company’s CEO said a child died in one case.
But Peloton is pushing back. It has called the warning inaccurate and misleading. In a statement, the company said in part:READ MORE: Unclaimed $26M Lotto Ticket Expires Thursday Night
“Children under 16 should never use the Tread+, and Members should keep children, products, and pets away from the Tread+ at all times.”
“There is only so much too you can do as a parent,” said Craig D’Angelo, a parent. “Sometimes, things happen.” Alwyn Raquel, another parent, said, “Now, seeing that, there are lots of dangers in the home that you got to really watch out for.”MORE NEWS: Homeowner Of Rented Malibu Residence Where Deck Collapsed Getting Sued By Some Party-Goers
The CPSC says, if owners must use their Peloton treadmills, they should do so in a locked room away from children and pets. The agency also recommends unplugging the device when it is not in use.