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Pittsburgh law firm preparing for class-action lawsuit against Peloton

WTAE Pittsburgh logo WTAE Pittsburgh 4/21/2021
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Romanow Law Group is working on a class-action lawsuit against Peloton. The home fitness company has recently come under fire for its treadmills after several children and pets were injured and one child died.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a video they said shows a little boy playing with a ball near a treadmill made by Peloton, when suddenly he gets stuck and then pulled under the treadmill. He eventually manages to break free.

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David Romanow of Romanow Law Group, said, "That was a horrifying video especially having children. That's just a horrifying video there's no other way to explain it."

He said after seeing the video and finding out the commission issued an urgent warning about Peloton's Tread +, he and other lawyers start preparing for a class-action lawsuit for people in Pennsylvania.

He said, "I think a lot of people in western Pennsylvania and throughout the country have bought into the whole Peleton ecosystem."

Ismail Yousef is a lawyer at Romanow Law Group and said, "When we saw that video of a child being sucked into a treadmill, a treadmill is not supposed to suck a child into the interior."

The commission says 23 of 39 incidents involved children being hurt, including one child who died after an accident with the Tread + machine. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in California against Peloton. In a statement, Peloton says children should be kept away from the machines and it is shocked and saddened by the incident.

Romanow said, "I think every parent instantly puts themselves in that position, oh my God what if that happened to my child? Then the plaintiff's lawyer in me starts saying is this a defective product?"

Romanow Law Group said they are talking with experts and engineers and once a lawsuit is filed, it’s possible to take steps to study the treadmill's makeup.

"You take that information and you bring it to the appropriate experts and they are going to render us an opinion, hey this is a defective design," Romanow said.

Peloton calls the warning from the CPSC inaccurate and misleading and they will continue selling the $4,300 treadmill.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 contacted Peloton and are waiting to hear back from the company.

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