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Peloton Tread+ Linked To Injuries And A Death Of Small Children

Jun 17, 2021 Brown Moore & Associates Products Liability

The fitness manufacturers Peloton are in the news again, but this time, it is much more serious than tone-deaf advertising. Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sent out a warning for owners of the Peloton Tread+ who have small children or pets to stop using the treadmill after the fitness company reported a child’s death linked to the product.

It is the legal responsibility of companies designing and building consumer products to ensure they are safe for their intended use. Anyone injured by these products should seek the advice of the Charlotte products liability attorneys at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC.

The Dangers Of The Tread+

The CPSC contends Peloton Tread+ is responsible for 39 serious incidents to small children. The treadmill poses potential injuries, including:

  • Abrasions
  • Fractures
  • Death

The CPSC reports the injuries to appear to have stemmed from children being “entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product” and urges Tread+ owners with children to immediately stop using the treadmill.

Peloton refutes the CPSC’s claims, stating their products are safe if Tread+ owners adhere to all the safety instructions and warnings. Peloton also advises treadmill users to always keep the product away from kids and pets.

A recall of the product has been requested by the CPSC, but Peloton has thus far refused the request, calling the CPSC statements “Misleading.” Instead, Peloton has offered to issue a joint warning with the CPSC concerning the risks of not following safety instructions.

It appears the CPSC and Peloton are at a standoff between recalls and delay tactics.

Explaining Defective Product Cases

These 39 incidents with the Peloton Tread+ will probably result in personal injury claims, but it is important to understand, it is not always easy to prove the product designer or manufacturer are legally responsible for injuries caused by their products. To prove these cases, you will need evidence showing either:

  1. The design of the product be defective or exposes dangers to users
  2. An error occurred in the manufacturing caused the product to be defective
  3. No adequate warning was provided to users about the potential dangers of the product

Peloton and other exercise equipment are only among many common cases arising from defective products. Most of these products fall under large contextual umbrellas, including:

  • Airbags, seatbelts, and other automobile products
  • Children’s toys
  • Construction Equipment and Industrial machinery
  • Consumer electronics
  • Medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Playground equipment
  • Swimming pools

When Should I Contact A Lawyer?

We have extensive experience with defective product cases and understand how to analyze whether the injuries can be attributed to the product and whether a person is entitled to financial compensation. We have constructed a large network of manufacturing experts and product engineers, trained to spot design and manufacturing defects to build a stronger case.

The Charlotte defective product attorneys at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC want to help you with your case. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at 800-948-0577.