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Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Named Best of the Best 2021Peloton and a Child’s Death

The Chief Executive Officer of Peloton, John Foley, recently announced that a child died as a result of an accident involving the Peloton Tread+. In a public letter posted on the Peloton website, the CEO and Co-Founder acknowledged they are aware of a number of injuries that occurred where children were hurt involving the same equipment model.

Due to the family’s privacy, very few details of how the child died have been released. However, Foley did recommend that the safety key is kept out of reach of children and that the space surrounding the treadmill should remain clear. According to the company, the machine was tested for people weighing 105 pounds or more and age 16 or older.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating this incident. While treadmill deaths are rare, injuries are very common. In 2019, There were approximately 22,500 injuries treated in Emergency Departments across the United States, with about 2000 of those involving children under the age of 8 years old. Seventeen fatalities involving a treadmill were reported between 2018 and 2020, including a 5-year-old child.

Peloton, best known for its stationary bikes, gained popularity and its stock climbed more than 400% during 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more Americans looked for ways to exercise at home. During this time, Peloton expanded its offerings to include a more expensive bike and a less expensive treadmill.

When someone is injured by a dangerous or defective product, or, if it results in death, the manufacturer can be held accountable in court. The Products Liability Attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn have the experience and resources to stand up to the biggest corporations and fight to get you the justice you deserve. We have a history of unparalleled success in and out of the courtroom in Northeastern & Central Pennsylvania. If you, or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous or defective product, call the Personal Injury team at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn. No one will work harder for you. Call us at 570-287-3000 or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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