In a lawsuit filed against Peloton on Tuesday, a Florida couple claims that their six-year-old son was dragged under their treadmill, sustaining facial and shoulder burns.
The complaint was brought in federal court in Florida by plaintiffs Rashad and Jasmine Greene and their minor child. In it, they claimed that in November of 2020, their son was dragged by his clothes under the rear of their almost $2,500 Peloton Tread.
They blame Peloton Interactive, Inc. for failing to notify them about the dangers of the luxury treadmill, which has resulted in over 70 injury complaints and the death of another young child.
The Greenes said they spent $2,495 for their Tread in the summer of 2020. They contended they had no basis for thinking the expensive exercise equipment would endanger their young boy.
Unfortunately, the boy was pulled under the treadmill just a few months later, sustaining facial and shoulder burns as well as ongoing emotional trauma as a result of the incident.
According to the lawsuit, the problem lies in the treadmill’s construction, which features slats on the conveyor. The Greenes alleged that the design makes it easier for kids and pets to get pulled under the Tread and Tread+ treadmills, which Peloton advertises as superior to regular conveyor belts.
The lawsuit also claims that even if the child is supervised, injuries can occur, citing reports from parents of children approaching out of sight and getting trapped under the Tread.
Furthermore, there are no safety features on the Peloton Tread and Tread+ that prevent a child from being pulled under. According to the Greenes, other treadmills have belt guards and safety bars. They claim that Peloton disregarded these safety features in order to retain the Tread’s “unique” and “sleek” design.
The Greenes argued that they would not have bought the Peloton Tread if they had known about the risks it posed to their child, as well as other children and pets. As per the lawsuit, Peloton advertised the treadmills suitable for families, with photographs of small children next to the Tread.
Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Urgent Warning
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an urgent warning about Peloton’s Tread+ last April 17. A disturbing video of a child being sucked under the machine was included in the notice, which was shown with caution due to its sensitive content.
Peloton resisted the Tread+ recall at first, claiming that consumers who followed safety measures had “no reason to stop using the Tread+.” However, in May, the Peloton Tread was recalled after the CPSC, consumer advocacy groups, and at least one class action lawsuit put pressure on the manufacturer.
Since then, the company has released a software update that prompts the treadmill to lock after 45 seconds of inactivity.
The Greenes accuse Peloton of being negligent for failing to warn them about the threat the Tread posed. They would like a jury trial and compensation for their child’s injuries.
Editor’s Note on Peloton Lawsuit 2021:
This article is published to inform you of the latest lawsuit filed against Peloton due to failing to notify customers about the dangers the luxury treadmill posed, which has resulted in over 70 injury complaints and the death of another young child.
Case Name & No.: Greene, et al. v. Peloton Interactive, Inc., Case No. 4:21-cv-00215-MW-MAF in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Products/Services: Tread and Tread+ treadmills
Allegations: the treadmills’ design makes it easier for kids and pets to get pulled under the Tread and Tread+, which Peloton advertises as superior to the regular conveyor belts
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