Peloton agrees to pay $19 million to settle case involving recalled treadmill that caused child's death

Peloton has agreed to pay a $19 million fine to resolve a charge by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that the fitness equipment company failed to immediately report a defect in one of its treadmills that led to more than a dozen injuries and a child’s death, the CPSC announced Thursday. 

The CPSC said that Peloton began to receive reports of customers being pulled under and entrapped near the rear of its Tread+ Treadmill in 2018 and 2019, but failed to immediately report the incidents to the commission as required by law.

The product was eventually recalled in May 2021, though the CPSC said Peloton violated law by knowingly distributing dozens of the recalled treadmill. Thursday’s settlement also resolves this claim.

Peloton became aware of defect in 2018, CPSC says

The New York-based company became aware of  incidents in which consumers became pulled under from the treadmill’s rear in 2018 and 2019, and worked to relocate a warning label near the danger area. It also considered adding a rear guard to the product, according to the settlement agreement. 


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