Is Peloton Not So Great After All?
After gyms closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people looked to new and innovative home workout equipment or programs to try to stay in shape. Peloton’s offerings became wildly popular because they offered both equipment and exciting programming, all built into one. In addition to the original Peloton bike, the company launched its Peloton Tread+ treadmills, which quickly skyrocketed in sales.
However, some families got much more than they bargained for when household members suffered severe injuries due to malfunctions of the Tread+. If you or your child were injured using this piece of equipment – or any other type of household product – you should speak with a Kansas product liability attorney immediately.
The Peloton Tread+ Recall
Peloton’s top-of-the-line treadmill has all the bells and whistles and came at a price tag of $4,300 or more. The Tread+ also brought something else into consumer homes – serious injury hazards. Specifically, the height of the treadmill from the ground and the layered belt mechanism allowed for people to become sucked under the rear of the moving belt of the treadmill, which has the potential to result in severe or even life-threatening injuries. Some injuries include serious abrasions, lacerations, broken bones, and more.
Peloton initially put off recalling the Tread+, though after over 70 injury reports and one child dying due to this type of accident, the company has recalled about 125,000 units of the exercise machine. The company advised everyone to stop using the Tread+ and properly request a refund by November of next year.
Defective Product Claims
When manufacturers or retailers put defective products on the market, and people get hurt, victims can often recover compensation by filing a product liability claim. Product liability claims tend to arise over one of three types of defects:
- Design defects – design defects make a product inherently dangerous to use as designed and usually affect every instance of the product at issue.
- Manufacturing defects – manufacturing defects often involve poor manufacturing practices or the use of substandard materials and may affect only one instance of a product or an entire manufacturing.
- Failure to warn – failing to warn consumers of non-obvious risks that could easily be mitigated with a warning can give rise to failure to warn claims (also known as defective marketing claim).
If you suffer injuries due to any type of defective product that malfunctions, you should discuss whether you might have a claim against the manufacturer with a product liability lawyer. The right lawyer can advise you of your rights and help you take on large manufacturing corporations to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Learn How a Kansas Defective Product Attorney Can Help
If you have suffered injuries while using your Peloton or any other consumer product, you may be legally entitled to compensation. At Neustrom & Associates, we know how to help injured consumers get the compensation they deserve, and we are not hesitant to go up against the biggest companies in the world. Call 785-825-1505 or contact us through our website to set up your free case evaluation with a defective product lawyer in Kansas City.