This Hugely Popular Quarantine Purchase Has Just Been Recalled
Ironically, this one thing in your home meant to keep you healthy could wind up injuring you.
The first few months of lockdown made it all too easy to splurge on some big purchases to help lift your spirits with a little retail therapy. This was especially true of home upgrades or any items that helped you reconnect with your favorite pre-pandemic hobbies that were suddenly off-limits. But if you were one of the many who purchased a Peloton bike, you may have regrets—Peloton recently announced a major recall due to a defect. Read on for more details, and for another home item that could be more hazardous than it's worth, check out why A New Study Says This Might Be the Most Dangerous Thing in Your Home.
The high-tech at-home fitness company revealed on Oct. 14 that Peloton bikes that had been fitted with PR70P pedals were being recalled after there were multiple reports of pieces snapping off and causing injury. In total, the company says that 27,000 units that were sold between July 2013 and May 2016 are affected.
So far, Peloton says it has received 120 reports of pedal breakages with 16 causing injury. Out of those, five injuries required medical care, "such as stitches to the lower leg." The company notes that these pedals are outside the one-year warranty.
"Peloton recommends that members change their Peloton bike pedals annually," the company said in a statement. "If your bike is fitted with a PR70P clip-in pedal, stop using your bike until you have installed new pedals." The company is offering free pedals to those affected.
Peloton saw a massive surge amid the pandemic. According to a September report by CNN Business, the company had a 172 percent surge in sales in the last quarter, with more than 1 million people subscribing to its streaming classes. However, those who bought new bikes are not affected by the recent Peloton recall.
Peloton is far from the only company that has been recently forced to recall its products, however. Read on for other items that have been deemed too dangerous to keep on the shelves, and for more on how your habits could be putting you in harm's way, check out Lacking This Vitamin Is Putting You at Severe COVID Risk, Study Says.
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