Questions swirl about child safety after a warning to families about a popular at-home treadmill.
What household items pose a threat to your children?
Here's what we discovered...
- An independent federal agency, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm. (CPSC), "urges" Americans to stop using the Peloton Tread+ b/c it poses "serious risks" to children - such as abrasions, fractures & death.
- "39 incidents including one death"...from "becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under" the Peloton Tread+ (CPSC).
- Peloton calls CPSC's statement "inaccurate and misleading," reminding all users to remove the device's safety key when not in use.
Approx. 48 million = children under the age of 11 in America.
2,000 = reported treadmill injuries among children 8 and under in 2019.
Any loss of life is significant. Considering the rarity of this injury, we wanted to *also* ask:
After a year where many families spent more time at home than ever before, what does the data show about common dangers for children in every household?
- Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in U.S. kids (CDC).
- Tip-over accidents involving furniture, TVs & appliances sent an estimated 11,300 children on average to the ER each year and reportedly killed 469 children ( 1 month to 14 years old) from 2000 - 2019 (CPSC).
- PREVENTION TIP: CPSC recommends anchoring down household items such as dressers, bookcases, TVs, TV stands and beyond.
- 300+ U.S. children visit the ER daily for burn-related injuries & 2 die each day (CDC).
- Burns from tap water cause more hospitalizations & deaths than burns from other hot liquids.
- About 75% of children's scalding burns caused by hot liquids or steam are preventable (Johns Hopkins).
- PREVENTION TIP: CDC recommends setting your water heater thermostat to 120°F or lower.
- Poison incidents send 300+ U.S. children to the ER daily and two die each day (CDC).
- Many result from medicines, cosmetics, or cleaning products, but plants rank #10 on the list of top pediatric poison exposures from kiddos ingesting houseplants (National Poison Data System).
- PREVENTION TIP: Do a simple "background check" on your plants before bringing them home, especially if you have small children and pets.
The last comprehensive report by the CDC on household injuries and children was issued in 2008! We reached out to the CDC to see if there's any updated *definitive* data.
Meanwhile, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Peloton, accusing the company of selling and marketing the Tread+ "as safe and appropriate for use by families in the home, even though its design makes it inherently and uniquely dangerous to children."
May 3, 2021
National Poison Data System 2019 Report: (tale17c)