It has been estimated that every year around 8700 injuries from home exercise equipment occurs in children in the United States. During the past decade, home treadmills have gained immense popularity. After getting to know about the Peloton Treadmill episode, do you really feel treadmills are safe to be kept at home?
In general, most injuries in adults occur while they are exercising, while kids are prone to injuries through playing with the equipment, falling off it, or getting caught in it. Sprains, strains followed by abrasions, contractions & fractures are most common in adults. Among children, abrasions, contusions are very common and can also be followed by laceration or internal organ injury.
Kids fall near or while on a treadmill all the time, but those injuries are never really fatal. Given this, it is particularly very sad and tragic that a child had to lose his life from getting caught in the treadmill in the Pelotone Tread+ case.
Peloton recalled its Tread+ and Tread treadmills after the U.S Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) took out an ‘urgent warning’ about the potential dangers of the Peloton treadmills. These machines we tagged ‘dangerous’ as they were linked to the death of a child and has caused injuries to 29 others.
The Peloton CEO John Foley has apologized along with the recall of these machines and has offered a full refund for the treadmills which cost $4,295. The warning and recall request issued by the commission was because 72 reports were received by them of pets, children and other objects being pulled under the treadmill. 29 out of those 79 cases involved children who got cuts, broken bones and brain injuries. For one child his injuries took his life. There was a video that surfaced on YouTube which showed a child being pulled from under a Peloton treadmill.
For all of those who own a Peloton Treadmill and wish to continue using it, the company is here with a new feature called Tread Lock that locks the machine if it hasn’t been used for 45 seconds. To use the machine again you will have to enter a 4 digit passcode. This software update was made after Peloton recalled its treadmills. Along with this feature, the company has requested all its users to put their treadmills in a locked room.
If you are someone or know that person who got injured because of the Peloton or any other treadmill, then please get in touch with Siler & Ingber’s team of defective product attorneys. We, the best personal injury lawyers in New York will ensure free evaluation of your claims. We have ensured that our clients with genuine treadmill injuries get compensation. You or the person you know may also be entitled to compensation of the injuries caused by the Treadmill.