Consumer Reports Removes Tread+ Recommendation

Consumer Reports has removed the Peloton Tread+ treadmill from their list of recommended products following warnings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The government agency says at least one person has died in an accident involving the exercise machine, with dozens of other incidents reported to the group. While no official recall has been announced, the move from Consumer Reports indicates serious hesitancy throughout the fitness industry. Before the removal, the Peloton Tread+ was the site’s highest recommended treadmill.

Peloton Under Scrutiny

Peloton is cooperating with investigations into more than 39 incidents involving their Tread+ treadmill, but insists their product is safe. A spokesperson at Consumer Reports says the design of the machine is concerning, especially when compared to other models. “The belt is constructed of individual, rubberized slats that are interlocked and run on a rail, while many treadmills use a thinner, continuous belt,” says John Galeotafiore, associate director of product testing at Consumer Reports, who has overseen the testing of treadmills for more than two decades.

The height of the machine is also potentially dangerous for small pets and children. Because the machine is raised off the ground, it’s easy for toys to become trapped underneath, tempting little ones to dive under. That’s exactly what happened to one toddler whose Peloton Tread+ treadmill incident was captured on camera.

No Recall – For Now

While a Peloton Tread+ recall may be in the works, the machine remains on the market for the time being. If you have a Peloton Tread+ in your home, make sure it’s unplugged and locked away when not in use. If you have young children or pets in your home, it may be worth getting rid of altogether.

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