Peloton Recalls 2M Exercise Bikes Following Broken Seats, Injury Reports

The Peloton exercise bike recall comes about two years after a Peloton treadmill recall linked to multiple injuries and a child's death.

About 2.2 million Peloton exercise bikes are being recalled, following reports of problems where the bike seat post assembly broke during use, which may cause users to fall or suffer serious injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Peloton bike recall on May 11, after receiving at least 35 reports of the seat post detaching from the bike, causing at least 13 injuries including bruises, lacerations, and wrist fractures.

According to the recall announcement, the seat post can break away from the bike while it is being used, causing the consumer to fall off the bike. Officials are urging consumers to stop using the exercise bikes immediately, until a Peloton bike recall repair is performed.

The recall impacts Peloton exercise bikes with model number PL01, which are equipped with an adjustable seat, handlebar and screen that can be tilted to adapt to the consumer’s height. The stationary bikes measure 4 feet long x 2 feet wide and have the Peloton brand name and model number printed on the inside front fork, located near the flywheel.

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Recalled Peloton bikes were sold nationwide from January 2018 through May 2023, at Peloton and Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores as well as online at Onepeloton.com, Amazon.com and Dicksportinggoods.com for approximately $1,400.

Consumers should contact Peloton for a free seat post that can be self-installed, to repair the recalled bikes. Peloton can be contacted toll-free at 866-679-9129 from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET. They can also be contacted online at https://support.onepeloton.com/hc/en-us/articles/360060446032-Peloton-Recalls-Tread-And-Tread-Full-Details-Here or at www.onepeloton.com.

One Death and Multiple Injuries Linked to Peloton Treadmills

The exercise bike recall follows a high-profile Peloton treadmill recall issued in May of 2021, following at least 72 reports of injuries and one child death linked to Tread+ models. In addition to the death of the six-year-old, who was pulled into and trapped under the treadmill, at least 29 reports involved serious injuries, including broken bones, and second or third degree abrasions.

The initial recall affected approximately 150,000 Peloton Tread+ treadmills. A second, smaller recall of an additional 6,450 Peloton treadmills followed a short time later, after reports of the touchscreen detaching and falling away from the treadmill while in use, resulting in multiple injuries.

Peloton initially denied the treadmill’s design was defective and refused to issue a recall, which delayed taking the products off of the market and prompted the CPSC to issue an independent warning to consumers to stop using the them.

A Peloton class action lawsuit was filed just a month later by a California woman, claiming the manufacturer of breach of warranty, violation of business and professional code, and unlawful business actions. The lawsuit seeks damages for herself and other owners of the treadmills, who paid thousands of dollars for the machines, as well as large subscription fees.

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