On Tuesday, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed against Peloton regarding safety issues with the Peloton Tread+. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as first reported by Bloomberg Law. The case is Shannon Albright v Peloton Interactive, and has the case number 3:21-cv-02858.
The case states it is being filed over Peloton’s “violations of applicable consumer protection laws, unfair business practice laws and breaches of warranties in connection with the manufacture, marketing, sale, and failure to honor warranties of PELOTON “Tread+” treadmill”
In the complaint, they allege that Peloton has marketed the Tread+ as being appropriate for families, stating
“Defendants marketed this device as one appropriate with family use, advertising the product with pictures like the one below, featuring a woman with a young girl, presumably her daughter, working out with the device, using its screen to follow along while the exercise immediately next to the machine. Chillingly, the child featured in the picture is exactly the sort of victim that the Tread+ machine is uniquely capable of killing or maiming”
The complaint then embeds the following picture:
The filing then goes on to allege that the Peloton Tread+ has unique design flaws, making it more likely objects, pets, or kids could get stuck under the Treadmill while it is in use.
The Tread+ contains significant design flaws that makes it defective, unfit for use in a home with children, and unreasonably dangerous for its intended purpose. Namely, because the design is extremely susceptible to children (and pets) getting trapped underneath the machine while it is operating. This risk does not extend only to children using the machine without being supervised. Parents, while using the Tread+, have had their children approach the machine, out of eyesight of the parent, and those children been trapped and injured by the Tread+ machine. At least one child has died as a result of the Tread+, and at least several dozens more injured, and there may be hundreds or thousands of more injuries that are not currently public knowledge. As noted above, the injuries that children may suffer from the Tread+ machine can range from bruising and abrasion, to broken bones, to permanent brain injury, to death.
The complaint then goes on to mention how the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a safety warning to customers, and in response, Peloton’s CEO John Foley has stated they do not plan to do a recall.
The complaint requests that “Plaintiff and class members should be provided with either a refund or replacement with a device that is not nearly as dangerous to children and pets,” but also alleges that customers suffered financial harm:
As a result of the wrongful acts, omissions, and deceptive scheme of Defendant, Plaintiff and consumers have been financially harmed by Defendants’ false and misleading advertisements, misrepresentations, and untrue statements. Upon purchasing Defendants’ Peloton Tread+ for the purchase price of $4,295 and for the cost of ongoing subscriptions, Plaintiff understood the product to be safe for use in a home with children. Based upon the implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular use, Plaintiff were injured upon discovering that the product posed direct health and safety risks to children.
At time of publishing, Peloton had yet to respond to requests for comment by Bloomberg and other news organizations over the suit.
The suit is requesting to be granted class action status.
You can see the full complaint that was filed with the court here.
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