Peloton was once a crowd-funded darling when they introduced their cutting-edge treadmill. To stand out above the competition, the company introduced a virtual element in the form of a screen that allows users to work with a trainer. While the price point was in the $2,500 range with a subscription fee for the online training sessions, many exercise enthusiasts jumped on the opportunity to have one.
In November of 2020, a six-year old child was pulled underneath a “Tread” treadmill while at home, resulting in burns to his shoulder and face.
The parents of the injured child have filed two product liability lawsuits against Peloton for defective design and failure to warn. The suit also alleges negligence in design failure, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.
Multiple injuries and one death due to defects
Five months after the horrific accident, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to cease any use of the treadmill. The federal agency cited a significant gap between the belt and floor at one end of the treadmill that could result in objects, pets, and children to become trapped underneath it.
After delays caused by the company’ lack of cooperation, Peloton relented in early May, with the CEO admitting a “mistake” and agreeing with the CPSC to recall the treadmill. The recall notice also revealed that 29 children had been trapped under the equipment, resulting in serious abrasions, broken bones, and lacerations. One of the children died.
When manufacturers fall short in quality, their defective products can result in serious injuries and death. These complex personal injury claims often require the help of a skilled attorney.