Letter from Peloton CEO John Foley regarding accident & death of child on Peloton Tread+

This morning, Peloton CEO John Foley sent an email out to owners of the Peloton Tread+. The letter was prompted by an accident on a Tread+ that resulted in the death of a child. In the letter, he expresses his & Peloton’s condolences to the family involved.

He then goes on to remind owners of the Tread to check the safety warnings of the Tread. Three main things are mentioned: Keep pets & children away, keep the space around it clear, and remove the safety key when it isn’t in use.

The entire text of the letter is below:

I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death. While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.

We design and build all of our products with safety in mind. But in order to help ensure that you and your family members stay safe with Peloton products in your home, we need your help. This is especially true during what I hope is the final stretch of the pandemic where everyone is still at home. To prevent accidents, please take care to review and follow all the safety warnings and instructions that we provide, and always:

  • Keep children and pets away from Peloton exercise equipment at all times. Before you begin a workout, double check to make sure that the space around your Peloton exercise equipment is clear.
  • When you finish a workout on your Tread+, remove the safety key and store it out of reach of children and anyone else who should not be able to start the Tread+.

We are always looking for new ways to ensure that you have the best experience with our products, and we are currently assessing ways to reinforce our warnings about these critical safety precautions to hopefully prevent future accidents.

Please reach out to our Member Support Team at 844-410-0141 or reply to this email if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you understand that out of respect for these families and their privacy, we don’t plan to provide any additional information about these accidents.

Thank you so much for reading. We care deeply about your health and wellness… starting with your safety and the safety of your family.

John Foley
CEO and Co-Founder

You can also find a copy of this letter on Peloton’s website.

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Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis is the creator & founder of Pelo Buddy. He purchased his Peloton in 2018, and uses all the different devices: Peloton Bike, Tread, Row, and Guide. He has been involved in the fitness industry for more than a decade - previously co-founding the websites Mud Run Guide & Ninja Guide. You can find him on the leaderboard at #PeloBuddy.

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