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Peloton pays penalty for botched security on treadmill

Peloton pays penalty for botched security on treadmill

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Peloton has been suspended from selling its Tread+ treadmill since May 2021 after a (not so) voluntary recall due to safety issues.

Peloton couldn’t run away from the consequences of corporate mismanagement forever. The fitness equipment and media company has agreed to pay a $19 million fine civil dispute resolution with the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The commission previously accused Peloton of knowingly distributing a recalled device and ignoring device defects in its Tread+ treadmill that “could pose a significant product hazard and create an unreasonable risk of serious injury,” the CPSC said in a press statement. Thursday’s settlement resolves those charges.

Peloton’s Tread+ treadmill has been linked to the death of a 6-year-old child in March 2021. A subsequent CPSC report found that the devices were also implicated in numerous other serious injuries in pets, children and adults – mainly related to pulling on body parts under the belt of the treadmill. The CPSC issued a strong warning to consumers in April 2021 that Peloton’s Tread+ treadmill posed a “serious risk” to the safety of children and pets, and called on the company to recall the fitness machine. But the company fought back, refusing to recall its equipment and claiming the problem was abuse, not the machines themselves.

That is, until it could no longer argue with federal regulators. “If a company continues to sell dangerous products that it knows can cause serious injury or death, it must be held accountable,” CPSC Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric wrote in a statement on Thursday.

The commission first found that Peloton had received 72 incident reports from its treadmill users. And on Thursday, the watchdog revealed the company was aware of it more than 150 Reports of people, pets or objects being dragged under the machines – at least 13 with significant injuries including broken bones and friction burns.

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Peloton issued voluntary recalls of both its Tread+ and lower-priced Tread treadmills in May 2021. According to the CPSC, the Tread+ recall was related to the hazard posed by the high slatted belt and lack of a crash barrier, unique to the machine’s design. While the Tread recall, which was issued before the device was even officially launched in the US, had to do with touchscreen displays becoming detached and falling during use.

As part of the recall agreement, the fitness brand agreed to stop selling and distributing the treadmills in the United States and to offer full refunds to customers who wished to return their equipment. For customers who preferred to keep their gear, Peloton issued a software update to lock the Tread+ with a passcode (a “fix” that came with its own complications) and offered to pet customers’ treadmills – and child-free rooms under no.

Although the company’s response was insufficient, it was too late for the CPSC. The commission claimed that Peloton’s delayed actions constituted a failure to report to the regulator in a timely manner. The CPSC also alleged that Peloton violated the Consumer Products Safety Act by continuing to distribute the Tread+ treadmills through August 2021, months after the May recall.

The $19 million fine the company must now pay to settle these charges is another financial blow to Peloton’s months of hardship. Despite reintroducing a version of its Tread device in November 2021, the Tread+ remains from the market. In January 2022, internal documents revealed the company was heading for financial ruin amid recalls and the waning popularity of Covid-era home fitness as people returned to offices and gyms. In response, it hiked subscription prices, enacted mass layoffs, and shut down production – shifting its production to Taiwan-based Rexon.

In a statement sent to Gizmodo, Peloton said it was pleased to have reached this agreement, saying it “remains deeply committed to the safety and welfare of our members and the continuous improvement of our products.” The spokesperson went on to say that the company “continues to pursue CPSC approval for a Tread+ rear protection that would further enhance its safety features.”

Even if the company manages to weather the turmoil, federal regulators aren’t done yet. According to the settlement, Peloton must comply with additional CPSC conditions, such as maintaining an “enhanced compliance program” and increasing its internal security testing. The company is also required to submit annual reports on its product safety and compliance for the next five years.

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