- A class action lawsuit has been filed against Peloton for a number of injuries related to Tread Plus.
- Lobbyists and lawmakers are urging the company to recall the treadmill after it was rejected last week.
- The suit says “Peloton knew or should have known the flawed nature of the Tread Plus”.
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As Peloton grapples with increasing criticism of its refusal to recall its Tread +, the fitness company is now facing a class action lawsuit from unhappy customers.
According to the April 20 lawsuit, lead plaintiff Shannon Albright alleged that Peloton violated consumer protection laws and that “Peloton knew or should have known about the flawed nature of its Tread + product.” The company “sold and marketed the device as safe and suitable for family use at home, although its design makes it inherently and uniquely dangerous for children.”
Legal action comes after a child was fatally injured in a peloton treadmill incident in March. This prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to warn consumers not to use the Tread Plus anymore.
According to the CPSC on April 17, a total of 39 children and one pet were injured by the machine. The organization also shared an accompanying video showing a child trapped under the treadmill for $ 4,295.
“CPSC employees believe the Peloton Tread + poses a serious risk to children of abrasions, fractures and death. Given multiple reports of children being trapped, pinned and pulled under the product’s rear roller, CPSC urges consumers with children at home urgently discontinue use of the product, “said the CPSC in a post on its website earlier this month.
In response, Peloton CEO John Foley described the CPSC results as “inaccurate and misleading” and said the company will not stop selling its treadmill.
“The Tread + is safe when our warnings and cautions are followed and we know that thousands of members enjoy working safely on their Tread + every day,” Foley said in a statement last week.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, also includes a previous ad from the company showing a woman exercising next to a Tread + with her young daughter next to her.
“Terrifyingly, the child shown in the picture is precisely the victim that the Tread + machine can uniquely kill or maim,” the lawsuit reads.
The incidents and subsequent lawsuit also caught the attention of a group of US lawmakers. A new law, the Sunshine in Product Safety Act, presented to Congress last week, would, when passed, change an existing directive within the Consumer Product Safety Act that will prevent regulatory interference and allow manufacturers to share information that in the case of being disclosed to the public, limit a product defect.
Peloton did not respond to Insider’s request to comment, despite an earlier comment to Insider stated that “a recall was never warranted”.
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