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Peloton fights federal safety recall after its treadmills left one child dead, others injured

This is just a tad too late for LBN, but rules is rules.

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Oh, darn. DonViejo started a thread over in GD a few minutes before I posted here. Yes, I did search, but we were posting at the same time. Please put your responses there. Thanks.

Peloton fights federal safety recall after its treadmills left one child dead, others injured

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Peloton fights federal safety recall after its treadmills left one child dead, others injured

By Todd C. Frankel
April 16, 2021 at 7:46 p.m. EDT

One month after revealing that one child died and others were injured in accidents on Peloton treadmills, the at-home exercise company is fighting a federal safety agency’s request that the company recall the products and has delayed the agency’s investigation into potential safety problems, according to officials familiar with the incident.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission this week took the unusual step of issuing an administrative subpoena to require Peloton to disclose the name of the child who died and the family’s contact information so regulators can continue an inquiry into what went wrong, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The previously undisclosed dispute between the nation’s product safety regulator and Peloton — a $34 billion company famous for its stationary bicycles and online workouts — has so far taken place outside public view. ... The two sides also are clashing over whether Peloton’s treadmills need to be taken off the market. The company and regulators have been negotiating this week over the wording and timing of an agency warning to alert consumers to potential dangers posed by the company’s Peloton Tread+, a $4,300 exercise machine, these officials said.

A new safety warning from the CPSC was posted early Saturday. It noted the agency “found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard" and advises consumers to stop using the treadmills. ..“This doesn’t happen with other treadmills,” said an official familiar with the case, explaining why the CPSC was alarmed by reports of victims being pulled under the machines and suffering injuries that included broken bones and head trauma. “It is a different hazard pattern than is typically seen.”

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Todd Frankel
Todd C. Frankel is an enterprise reporter on The Washington Post's Financial desk, covering people and policy. He joined The Washington Post in 2014 and previously worked as a reporter at newspapers in St. Louis; Everett, Wash.; and Charleston, W.Va. Follow https://twitter.com/tcfrankel

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