US safety regulators have warned owners of the Peloton Tread + treadmill not to use the machine if they live in a home with children or pets, unless they can lock it away.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of 39 incidents, including one where a child was killed.
In all, 23 of the incidents involved children and one a pet.
The Commission said the treadmill, which costs $4,295 (£3,103) “poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.”
There had been multiple reports of children being trapped “pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product.”
The commission said there had been one incident that took place while a parent was running on the treadmill. There had also been reports of a pet being sucked underneath the treadmill.
Objects had also been sucked underneath the device which could lead to somebody using the treadmill losing balance.
It advised customers to lock machine away to avoid any danger to children or pets.
Issuing the warning the Commission released a video which showed a child getting pinned underneath the treadmill.
It shows a small girl walking on the treadmill and then getting off with the machine still in motion. A small boy is then seen trying to push a ball underneath the machine, before being sucked in.
Fortunately, he is able to extricate himself without coming to any harm.
Peloton, however, disputed the warning, describing it as “inaccurate and misleading”.
The company insisted the treadmill was safe for people to use as long as they followed the instructions which came with the device.
It said it was “committed to taking whatever steps are necessary and appropriate to further inform members of potential risks.”
The company added: “Like all motorised exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed.”
Peloton, which had been best known for its exercise bikes, launched the treadmill – now known as Tread +, three years ago.
With gyms shut during the pandemic, the company enjoyed a sales boom reportedly raking in $1 billion in the last three months of 2020, double its revenue for the same period in 2019.
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