The Peloton treadmill machine has seen massive recall as a result of 72 injuries and the tragic death of a six-year-old child who was pulled underneath the treadmill. Users of the Peloton treadmill have sustained cuts, abrasion, broken bones, and minor injuries. Sadly, 29 of the 72 injured are reported to be children. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning on the Peloton Tread+ Treadmill stating “Adult users, children, pets and objects can be pulled underneath the rear of the treadmill, posing a risk of injury or death.” The warning and subsequent recall came after the death of the minor child and myriad of injuries. Peloton has offered refunds on all Peloton Tread + treadmills. While refunds are a good gesture for defective products, oftentimes the money cannot reverse the permanent and incapacitating injuries sustained from use of the product. As such, some Peloton Tread+ users are considering a product liability negligence claim.
The law states that a manufacturer can be held liable for injuries if their product is unreasonably dangerous. As to the Peloton Tread+, in order to succeed in a product liability claim, injured plaintiffs are required to prove the following four, key elements:
- Plaintiffs must show that they were using the product the correct way or in a way that a reasonable person would use the product. Certainly, running on the treadmill is a correct, foreseeable, and intended way.
- Many times with the help of expert opinion, Plaintiffs must prove that the product was defective and dangerous and that the manufacturer knew or should have known of the risks and failed to warn customers. Some Peloton Tread+ machines center consoles have fallen off the machines mid-use and the machines have pulled underneath it children and pets.
- Plaintiffs must show that any injury or death was sustained as a result of the defect.
- Plaintiffs must prove they suffered an injury or monetary loss as a result of using the defective and dangerous product in question. As previously mentioned, users of the Peloton treadmill have sustained cuts, abrasion, broken bones, and minor injuries. Many of these injuries are permanent and debilitating.
If you or someone you know was injured on a Peloton treadmill, Aigen Law Firm has the requisite knowledge in fighting to prove the key elements discussed above and recover monetarily for injuries.