The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a rear safety guard repair for Peloton’s Tread+ treadmill, according to a joint announcement from Peloton Interactive and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The rear safety guard will be ready for installation in the fall.
The guard is needed because Peloton recalled the Tread+ in 2021 after reports that a six-year-old child was killed after being sucked under the Tread+ and several other children, adults and pets were injured on the product. Injuries included second- and third-degree abrasions, broken bones and lacerations
The rear safety guard has a breakaway design that pivots away from the treadmill when it comes into contact with a person or object, shutting off power to the unit and decelerating the belt, all of which should eliminate the potential for entrapment near the rear roller of the treadmill.
The CPSC asked Peloton to recall the product on April 17, 2021, but Peloton resisted until May 5, 2021. In the interim, two lawsuits were filed against the company related to the Tread+.
Since the recall, an additional 279 incidents and 61 injuries have been reported on the product. To date, in addition to the reported death, Peloton has received a total of 351 incident reports of pull-unders, including 90 reports of injuries to consumers.
Consumers can register for the free rear guard and free installation by going to www.onepeloton.com and clicking on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page.
Consumers also have the option of requesting of requesting a full refund until Nov. 6, 203, or a prorated refund after that date.