A child has died in an accident involving a peloton treadmill, the company’s chief executive announced on Thursday.
In a letter Posted on the company’s website, Peloton CEO and a co-founder, John Foley, said the company is known for Wildly popular interactive stationary bike, A recent fatal accident was detected and children who were hurt by its “treadmill + treadmill” were aware of “a small handful of incidents”.
“While we only know of a few minor incidents, including Tread + where children are hurt, each one is devastating us all in the peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved,” Mr. Foley said.
The company urged peloton users to comply with safety warnings regarding peloton products, with members asking them to keep them where children cannot reach them and store safety keys from children when machines are not in use. Can.
“The peloton has no words to express shock and sorrow to all as a result of this terrible tragedy,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Details about the accident due to the child’s death were still unclear. The company said it would not release further details, such as when and where it occurred, “respect for the family and their privacy.”
The Tread + operates similarly to a standard treadmill but is designed with a 32-inch touch screen that allows users to exercise and work with others in real-time with the help of peloton trainers. According to the company’s website, prices start at $ 4,295.
A spokeswoman said the equipment was “designed and tested”, which can be used by people who are at least 16 years old and weigh more than 105 pounds.
A 2020 study by The American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that most Treadmill injuries at home Occurrences in children under 16 and the coronavirus epidemic presented a unique risk for injuries as more adults from home were working and children were attending distance education. Common injuries, the study found, include damage to the hands and fingers, such as friction burns or falls, where part of the skin tissue detaches from the underlying muscle.
During the epidemic, the peloton has grown in popularity. The value of the company has exceeded $ 40 billion during the epidemic as physical gyms have been closed and people’s exercise habits have been disrupted.
On Thursday, the company’s share price Closed down 4.6 percent Amidst the news of a fatal treadmill crash.
Last year, the company received another setback at that time. Missed paddles After about 27,000 of his stationary bikes, it was reported that clip-in paddles had injuries that required stitches or other medical care.
Susan Beachy contributed to the research.