Peloton treadmill: Disturbing video shows child pulled under exercise machine as safety regulator issues warning

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urgently warning consumers about the dangers of Peloton's treadmill Tread+ following reports of small children and a pet being injured beneath the exercise machines.

After multiple reports of children becoming pinned, trapped or pulled under the product's rear roller, the safety regulator said the machine poses "serious risks".

"CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death," the CPSC said in a statement on Saturday (local time), adding that consumers with children should stop using the product immediately.

In a response to the regulator's statement, Peloton said it was "troubled by the CPSC's unilateral press release about the Peloton Tread+ because it is inaccurate and misleading".

The company said there was no reason to stop using the Tread+, but children under 16 should not use the machine.

To date, the CPSC is aware of 39 incidents, including one death. The agency said it is investigating all known incidents related to the Peloton Tread+.