Omaha Peloton Injury Attorneys
On May 5, 2021, Peloton Interactive, Inc., issued a recall on the Tread+, its most expensive exercise equipment, after multiple children were injured by this device -- one even died. Unfortunately, this decision was made after up to 39 injuries were reported to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – Peloton itself reports over 70 injuries. The company refused to recall the defective device until public and government pressure mounted. Despite software updates being made to fix the device, there is still the matter of how the company will compensate the people who have already been hurt.
Product Liability Services
If you were injured due to a defective Peloton Tread+, you may be eligible for compensation through a product liability claim. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our lead attorney has spent more than 15 years advocating for accident victims. We can investigate the nature of your injuries, how the manufacturer acted negligently, and what compensation you can recover. We offer every potential client a free consultation, so there is no cost to contact us at (402) 505-8234 to talk about your case.
The Peloton Tread+ is a treadmill designed and sold by Peloton Interactive, Inc., that went onto the market from November 2020 to March 2021. Considered a high-class piece of workout equipment, this treadmill features a 32-inch touchscreen and offers several settings to give runners more control over their training regiments. Despite its high price and various functions, the device gained headlines due to multiple injury reports after its launch. These reports went unacknowledged until a 6-year-old child died in March 2021, which was admitted to in a statement by the Peloton CEO. Before, he attempted to deny that the Tread+ was responsible for the death.
Unfortunately, the CPSC did not issue a warning about the Tread+ to consumers to stop using the device until April 2021. The CPSC cited multiple reports of children and pets being pulled under the device, which resulted in cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Peloton initially dismissed the warning, only to issue a recall of more than 100,000 Tread+ on May 5, 2021. Even though it has issued a recall and the company has released a software patch that supposedly fixes the issue, the Tread+ is still available for purchase.
The CPSC warns that the Peloton Tread+ “poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death,” pointing to the high risk of a child becoming “entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller” of the treadmill. While the CPSC has suggested that parents remove the device’s safety key when they are not using their Tread+, the Commission also acknowledges that at least one injury occurred while a parent was using the device and that users should avoid using the device altogether.
Despite Peloton’s claims that the Tread+ is just as safe as any other treadmill, the truth is that these devices have caused multiple injuries to young children. Children pulled under Tread+ suffered:
- Serious bruising and cuts
- Friction burns
- Multiple broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
The consequences of a Peloton Tread+ injury should be taken seriously. Children can suffer extreme physical and emotional trauma as a result of a device’s poor design, leading to extensive medical bills and therapy fees. A serious injury like nerve damage can also impact a child’s future going forward, from how they get around to their career path.
If your child was injured by a Peloton Tread+ defect, then you may be eligible for compensation in a product liability claim. First, you must prove that:
- A manufacturer developed a product that had a defect;
- You used the product as intended;
- Your child suffered an injury as a result of that defect; and
- You suffered damages (monetary losses) as a result of the injury.
In the case of Peloton, the manufacturer had a duty to ensure that the Tread+ was free of defects. Releasing a software update is not enough to wash away the injuries the company has already caused. Many victims have already filed class action lawsuits against the company for its lack of thorough testing. Victims and parents of injured children should not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss their options.
In the state of Nebraska, victims have up to four years to file a product liability claim, but it is important to speak to an attorney right away. These claims require an in-depth investigation by an experienced product liability attorney who can determine how the device caused your injuries. This may involve securing the defective device, speaking with your doctors about your injuries, consulting with engineers about the defect, and then advocating for full compensation in a settlement negotiation or jury trial.
If you or your child was injured due to a defective Peloton Tread+, you deserve compensation for your trauma. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our Omaha product liability attorney can sit down with you in a free consultation and listen to what happened. Peloton had a responsibility to keep you and your family safe from harm, and we can use all of our skill and expertise to hold them accountable. To get a free case evaluation from Bottlinger Law L.L.C., call us at (402) 505-8234.
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