Child Dies in Accident Involving Peloton Treadmill

An accident involving a Peloton treadmill has left a child dead, the company’s chief executive announced on Thursday.

In a letter posted on the company’s website, John Foley, Peloton’s C.E.O. and a co-founder, said that the company, known for its wildly popular interactive stationary bikes, had recently learned of the fatal accident and was aware of “a small handful of incidents” involving children hurt by its Tread+ treadmill.

“While we are aware of only 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,” Mr. Foley said.

The company urged Peloton users to adhere to safety warnings concerning Peloton products, asking members to keep them where children can’t get to them and to store safety keys away from children when the machines are not in use.

at-home treadmill injuries occurred in children under 16 and that the coronavirus pandemic presented a unique risk for injuries as more adults were working from home and children were taking part in remote learning. Common injuries, the study found, included damage to the hands and fingers, such as friction burns or degloving, where part of the skin tissue detaches from underlying muscle.

closed down 4.6 percent amid the news of the fatal treadmill accident.

Last year the company faced another setback when it recalled pedals on about 27,000 of its stationary bikes after it received reports that clip-in pedals had caused injuries that required stitches or other medical care.

Susan Beachy contributed research.

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