CardioPeloton accidents bring treadmill safety into spotlight

Peloton accidents bring treadmill safety into spotlight

Peloton Interactive, Inc., an American exercise equipment and media company based in New York City, made headlines for all the wrong reasons this spring. 

A child died and many others were injured in accidents involving Peloton treadmills.

“We (the 3G Cardio company, a specialty fitness company based in Arizona) are deeply saddened to learn of these preventable accidents.  It is very important that our customers, both past and present, understand that our treadmills have all of the necessary safety features to keep everyone safe.  One of the most significant is the safety-shield bar which runs parallel below the rear roller.  This bar prevents danger points”.  

Being proactive when it comes to safety has always been of the utmost importance to the owners and designers at 3G Cardio, which is one of the top-rated manufacturers of treadmills, exercise bikes and vibration training machines.

It is this attention to safety that affects the overall design.  The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill has only 2.5 inches of space between the floor and the bottom of the treadmill deck. It’s only 7.5 inches to the top of the deck. The Elite Runner also has end caps and a safety shield to keep pets and small children safe eliminating some of the common danger pinch points.

There was too much space under the Peloton treadmill and exposed rear rollers which led to children being dragged under the treadmill roller.

To make matters worse, the Peloton home gym company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission clashed over issues such as whether or not the treadmill should be taken off the market and how to alert the public of potential dangers, the Washington Post reported April 17, 2021.

The CPSC posted a warning that the agency “found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard” and advised consumers to stop using the treadmills.

Peloton countered with a statement on its website that disputed the CPSC’s “unilateral press release about the Peloton Tread+ because it is inaccurate and misleading” and said there was no reason to stop using the treadmills.

The Washington Post reported that “an official familiar with the CPSC’s concerns said the agency was alarmed by reports of victims being pulled under the machines and suffering injuries that included broken bones and head trauma.”

“This doesn’t happen with other treadmills,” said the official. “It is a different hazard pattern than is typically seen.”

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