New York (CNN Business) – Peloton is warning owners to keep their children away from their treadmills after an accident involving its Tread+ in which a child died.
CEO John Foley sent a letter to Tread+ owners Thursday, saying the warning comes after a “tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death.”
He didn’t reveal details of the fatal accident, but he did note Peloton is “aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt.”
Overall, exercise equipment as a category can be particularly dangerous for children: 25,000 kids under the age of 10 are injured by exercise equipment each year, according to a 2014 study from the US National Institutes of Health. In 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates U.S. emergency departments treated 2,000 treadmill-related injuries in children under 8.