The CEO of Peloton is warning customers after a child died in a tragic accident involving a Peloton Tread+. According to ABC News, Peloton’s CEO, John Foley, issued a statement after being made aware of the tragedy.
The Tread+ is the company’s upgraded version of its original 2018 treadmill that was released in 2020. While the nature of the accident is unclear, in his statement, Foley revealed that although the number of incidents is small, this isn’t the first one involving their equipment.
Peloton CEO Encourages Customers to Follow Safety Precautions While Using Tread+
“I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death. I can’t tell you how much this news and horrible reality has hit me personally and our entire team at Peloton.”
Foley continued, writing, that while Peloton is only “aware of a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” The CEO admitted that although they created the Tread+ “with safety in mind, in order to help ensure that you and your family members stay safe with Peloton products in your home, we need your help.”
It’s also unclear if the handful of accidents Peloton has been made aware of have only involved the Tread+ or if they also involved their exercise bikes and older treadmill. Foley encouraged parents and pet owner who own Peloton equipment to keep their kids and pets away from the equipment at all times, while also ensuring that the space around the equipment remains clear while participating in a workout.
“When you finish a workout on your Tread+, remove the safety key and store it out of reach of children and anyone else who should not be able to start the Tread+,” Foley said in his statement. In the end, Foley says the company is continuing to make sure the safety of their customers and their families is a top priority.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the child who passed, as well as with the other families involved in passed accidents.
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