Peloton owners have been warned to stop using their treadmills “immediately” if they are near children or animals by safety regulators in the US.
The fitness brand has come under fire after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was made aware of 39 incidents involving the Peloton Tread+, including one fatality.
Peloton sell interactive gym equipment such as treadmills and cycling machines that are able to directly stream virtual classes.
They have become one of the winners of the pandemic as consumers have sought to keep fit with gyms being closed, with the the company value tripling to $26 billion over the pandemic.
The commission said the machine posed “serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death”, however, the CPSC has limited powers and usually relies on brands to recall their own products after warnings.
Peloton has responded to the CPSC’s warning, calling it “inaccurate and misleading”.
“Like all motorised exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed,” Peloton said in a statement.
The company advised owners of the machine not to let anyone under the age of 16 use the product and to keep children and pets away from the Tread+.
Peloton chief executive John Foley said in an email to Peloton customers: “We design and build all of our products 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.”
The CPSC has said that treadmill accidents are common and reported 22,500 injuries in 2019.