NEW YORK: Peloton Interactive, the cultish fitness company that sells internet-connected exercise bikes and treadmills, has recalled more than 125,000 treadmills and paused sales of the equipment after the machines were linked to the death of a child and dozens of other injuries. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission also announced a separate recall of the Peloton Tread and Tread+ treadmills and urged people to stop using the treadmills immediately, reported Wired Magazine.
Peloton’s voluntary recall comes nearly three weeks after the CPSC initially warned consumers about the potential risk of injury or death from the treadmills, and more than a month after Peloton first shared that it had become aware that a child had died in an accident involving one of the treadmills. Peloton’s chief executive, John Foley, apologized May 5 for his earlier insistence that the company would not recall the treadmill—a reaction that had befuddled some people who work in or closely follow the connected-fitness industry.
Before Peloton’s safety hazards were made known to the public in March, the company had been considered one of the home-fitness success stories of the pandemic.