Peloton Recalling Millions Of Exercise Bikes, Users Are In Danger
Peloton is recalling 2.2 million bikes due to dangerously unsafe seat post.
If you think that your Peloton exercise bike is the ultimate home-fitness device, then we urge you to check your serial number after reading this article to make sure you’re not in danger. According to NBC, Peloton is issuing a recall for a faulty seat post that has led to a number of people being injured while using the popular fitness device. 2.2 million Peloton bikes are affected by this recall.
At the time of this article being written, Peloton has received 35 reports of the seat detaching from the bike during use, causing over a dozen injuries to its users.
And this isn’t the first time that Peloton has had to issue a recall for faulty equipment. In 2021, Peloton’s Tread+ treadmill had a detachment issue of its own. But in the case of the treadmill, there were incidents of the 32″ touch-screen coming loose, and in some cases falling off while its users were trying to get their steps in. In fact, earlier this year Peloton ended up paying a $19 million fine (according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission) for failing to report and address a number of safety issues in a timely manner.
It’s also worth noting that Peloton not only didn’t report these safety hazards, but also resold previously recalled products. And in the case of the treadmill, it wasn’t only the touch-screen that was problematic. There were also 150 instances of people, pets, and objects getting pulled under the treadmill while it was in use, one of which instances resulted in the death of a 6-year-old child.
This new Peloton recall comes as a shock to avid at-home cyclists. One of the primary reasons that consumers opt to purchase exercise equipment that they could use in the comfort of their own homes is that they don’t feel safe at the gym. Another leading factor in consumers choosing to do their workouts at home is the overall long-term savings that come from not having to pay a monthly gym membership.
But if you’re falling off your Peloton bike and breaking your wrist because of a faulty seat post, like some users already have, then it’s safe to say that your safety is still a concern until this recall is properly addressed. And it goes without saying that a trip to the hospital isn’t cheap either.
This latest Peloton recall affects the Peloton Model PL01 model that has been sold in the US from January 2018 through this last month. But in the case of this most recent recall, it appears as if Peloton is trying to do right by their customers by offering their customers a free seat post that can be self-installed. It’s also only the original model that Peloton is being recalled; the Bike+ model has no issues that we have been made aware of.
Peloton is facilitating this recall by urging consumers to contact them toll-free at 866-679-9127 from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Peloton’s hotline is open seven days a week, and they also have more information regarding the recall on their website.
So before you decide to hop onto your Peloton bike for your next hour-long power-pop cycling class, we urge you to contact Peloton, and find out if your bike one that is potentially affected by this recall.