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Peloton and a Child’s Death -- UPDATE

Attorney Nicole M. Santo to Address Northeastern PA Trial Lawyers Association

Effective immediately, Peloton has recalled both of their treadmill models after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urged against using its Tread+ Treadmills following the death of a child and numerous injuries. The recall affects about 125,000 Tread+ and Tread models. Consumers who have purchased either model should contact Peloton for a full refund. The recall warns that adults, children, pets and objects can get pulled underneath the back of the treadmill posing a risk of injury or death.

Peloton initially pushed back against the Consumer Protection Agency, resisting the recall. The CPSC issued an alert about the Tread + in late April, citing the death of a child and over 70 incidents.

The Chief Executive Officer of Peloton, John Foley acknowledged they are aware of a number of injuries that occurred where children were hurt involving Peloton treadmills.

Due to the family’s privacy, very few details of how the child died have been released. According to the company, the machine was tested for people weighing 105 pounds or more and age 16 or older.

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.

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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