Working out at home has surged since the pandemic, and companies such as Peloton have flourished because of it. But now Peloton CEO John Foley has issued a warning about their Tread+, after a child died.

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I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death. While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved. - John Foley CEO of Peloton

Kids will be kids and even when we do our best it's impossible to stay on them all the time, but Foley warns there are a couple of things you can do now to ensure your kids aren't hurt, or worse, by their treadmills.

  • Keep children and pets away from Peloton exercise equipment at all times. Before you begin a workout, double check to make sure that the space around your Peloton exercise equipment is clear.

  • When you finish a workout on your Tread+, remove the safety key and store it out of reach of children and anyone else who should not be able to start the Tread+.

In his letter he did not go into any details regarding the fatal accident, but he did acknowledge that they "aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt." You can read his entire letter here.

Above you can see video, that may be disturbing to some, of a child who was caught and pulled under a Peloton treadmill. Fortunately this child walked away with a few scrapes and a hard lesson learned.

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