Peloton, a major manufacturer of exercise equipment and apparel, has agreed to issue a voluntary recall for its treadmills over safety concerns. The recall comes after reports of dozens of people being injured while using the treadmills, including one child who died of their injuries. Peloton has agreed, as part of an agreement with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to cease production on the recalled treadmills, and is offering full refunds to anyone who asks for them.
What is Peloton?
Peloton Interactive is a manufacturer of exercise machines and apparel, including treadmills and exercise bikes. One of the unique aspects of its products is that they are capable of connecting to the internet, uploading data of its owner’s exercise to their phone via a downloadable app. The company has a substantial following among exercise enthusiasts, and the company has done especially well over the past year, benefitting from people looking to stay in shape while quarantined in their homes.
What is the Recall About?
Peloton has agreed to recall its Tread and Tread+ treadmills after stories about accidents involving those treadmills began to circulate in March. Of particular note was a story that involved a child dying of injuries sustained in an accident involving a Peloton treadmill. These stories led to public outrage, which in turn eventually led to the voluntary recall.
Why Did it Take So Long to Issue a Recall?
While stories about accidents involving Peloton’s treadmills initially entered public awareness in March, the recall was not issued until early May, more than a month after Peloton acknowledged it had become aware of those news reports. Initially, the company resisted issuing a recall, with its CEO, John Foley, citing concerns over revealing their customer’s personal information over to the CPSC. However, after weeks of negotiating with the CPSC, they agreed to issue the recall, including offering refunds to anyone who wished to return their treadmills.
What Can Peloton Customers Do?
For those customers who were not injured by their Peloton treadmills, they can simply send in their treadmill for a full refund, if they choose to do so. Anyone who was injured by the treadmills, however, may wish to seek legal action to get compensation for the harm they have suffered. To fully explore your legal options, however, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling product liability matters, who can advise you on your next course of action.
Defective product cases are complex, and defendants, particularly large corporations, often have vast legal resources. To ensure you receive fair compensation, you need the experience of a personal injury attorney with a long-standing and proven record of delivering justice to their clients. Contact the New York City and Long Island offices of Levine & Slavit, PLLC at (888) LAW-8088 and schedule your consultation today.