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Peloton Warns Treadmill Owners After Child’s Death

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Peloton this week issued a warning to owners of its Tread+ treadmills after a child died in an accident involving one of the machines. 

Peloton CEO John Foley sent a letter to all Tread+ owners Thursday the noted the child’s death. 

“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,” Foley wrote. “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.”

Foley did not go into details about the accident.

CNN notes that exercise equipment has long been a danger for children. 25,000 kids under the age of 10 are injured by exercise equipment each year, according to a 2014 study from the US National Institutes of Health. In 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates U.S. emergency departments treated 2,000 treadmill-related injuries in children under 8.

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