Following the death of a child and various reports (over 70, to be exact) that Peloton Tread+ and Peloton Tread treadmills have pulled pets, objects, children, and even adults underneath them, those items are subject to a recall by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
In addition to this CPSC recall, the Peloton Tread treadmill is now subject to a voluntary recall since the touchscreen console attached to the machine can become disconnected. When this has happened, the console has fallen to the ground, injuring consumers in the process.
Given the serious dangers associated with using these products, owners of these treadmill devices should stop using them right away. In addition to contacting Peloton and asking them for a full refund, other options may be available.
If you suffered injuries while using a Peloton Tread+ or a Peloton Tread treadmill in the ordinary course, you might be eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. A knowledgeable products liability attorney can review your eligibility for monetary compensation. If you are eligible, they can pursue a product liability claim on your behalf (either as an individual or as part of a class action), seeking money damages for your injuries from Peloton or other liable parties.
Reasons Why Peloton Tread+ and Peloton Treadmills Are Causing Consumers to Suffer Serious Injuries
Peloton Tread+ and Peloton Tread treadmills are causing consumers to suffer serious injuries for several reasons. The primary reason for the injuries sustained is a defect in the design of these devices. One potential design defect has to do with the treadmill’s height off the ground. Another potential design defect has to do with the belt mechanism on these devices, which can drag people under the treadmill.
Options for Owners of Peloton+ and Peloton Tread Treadmills
First and foremost, current owners of Peloton+ and Peloton Tread Treadmills should stop using these devices right away due to the significant potential for injuries. In terms of available options, the owners of these devices can first contact Peloton to obtain a full refund. This refund option is open until November 6, 2022. If a consumer returns the defective device after that date, they will receive a partial refund only.
In addition, owners of these machines can have their machines moved free of charge to a room where pets and children cannot reach the treadmill.
In addition, Peloton is currently adding software to their products that will require a four-digit passcode from a user to activate and operate the machine. However, at this time, a membership is required for users to activate this feature, called Tread Lock.
There are also some options for individuals who own Peloton Tread treadmills. First of all, these customers can petition Peloton for a full refund. They also have the option of having their treadmill inspected and repaired for free. According to Peloton, doing so will help to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring in the future.
Keeping Your Peloton Tread+ or Peloton Treadmill if You Do Not Have Children or Pets
If you do not have children or pets residing with you in your home, you do have the option of keeping your Tread as is. However, the CPSC strongly cautions to stop using the machine as soon as possible. In fact, on its page, Peloton states that if you continue using the treadmill, you should always ensure that you are aware of your surroundings and that you keep objects, pets, and children away from the treadmill at all times. Consumers are also encouraged to always use the safety key on the device when they are doing a workout.
Concerning the Peloton Tread treadmill, you should either request a full refund directly from Peloton or request that Peloton perform a free inspection of the device and refrain from using the treadmill until a technician has properly secured the touchscreen in place.
Filing a San Antonio Products Liability Claim
In some instances, consumers who are injured by a defective product might be in a position to assert a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. Those types of claims can be based upon several theories. First of all, the injured consumer can allege that some defect in the manufacturing process brought about the product malfunction and the subsequent injury or injuries.
In addition, the injured consumer can claim that the product malfunction occurred because the product was not designed properly, such as when the manufacturer uses a particular design to cut manufacturing costs. Finally, an injured consumer can allege that the product was defective because it did not contain the proper warnings or because the warnings were insufficient to notify the consumer of certain hazards and dangers.
As part of a defective product claim, an injured consumer can pursue various types of compensation. First, they can pursue medical expenses, lost earnings, and other out-of-pocket costs that resulted from injuries that were caused by the defective product. Injured consumers might also claim inconvenience, pain and suffering, mental distress, and other non-economic damages that resulted from their injuries.
If a defective product injured you, you need help from a skilled products liability attorney to file a claim or lawsuit against the product manufacturer that seeks monetary compensation and damages for your injuries.
Even though many people have suffered injuries so far, pursuing a successful legal claim regarding a recalled product can still be surprisingly challenging. Not only do you need a trusted product liability law firm on your side, you need one that regularly takes on cases against large corporations.
These companies work to avoid liability even in the face of obvious negligence and responsibility for serious injuries. You need a legal advocate protecting your rights after a defective product injures you or your child.