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Girl's leg scraped up after getting sucked under Peloton

A six-year-old girl suffered severe abrasions to her legs after she was sucked under her father's Peloton Tread+ treadmill, her dad said Monday amid a safety warning from a federal safety regulator. 

'It was pretty traumatic,' Brandon Ratliffe recounted to Good Morning America.

He shared photos of his daughter, Jocelyn, that showed bruising and severe scrapes on her legs.

Jocelyn was dragged under the device feet-first, her dad said.

The photos come as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned people with young children and pets over the weekend to stop using the $4,300 treadmill after they released their own video showing a young boy being dragged under one of the machines. Luckily, he walked away from his encounter.

Regulators said they needed to 'warn the public quickly of the hazard' after nearly 40 incidents have come to light of children becoming 'entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller' of the Peloton Tread+.

They are investigating one death associated with the device.

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Jocelyn Ratliffe, 6, suffered from severe abrasions to her legs after being sucked under a Peloton Tread+, her dad said Monday, sharing these photos. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said people with young children and pets should stop using the machines

Brandon Ratliffe, right, recounted to Good Morning America how his daughter, Jocelyn, 6, had been sucked under a Peloton, and scraped her legs as a result

'It is believed that at least one incident occurred while a parent was running on the treadmill, suggesting that the hazard cannot be avoided simply by locking the device when not in use,' the commission said in a statement.  

'Reports of a pet and objects being sucked beneath the Tread+ also suggest possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.' 

The machine poses 'serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death', representatives from the commission said. 

'A lot of injuries happen with treadmills, but not like this,' Joe Martyak, director of communications for the commission, told Good Morning America.

Since 2019, the CPSC has received 22,500 reports of injuries from many different kinds of treadmills, but Martyak said the reports from the Tread+ were especially troubling.

In the video released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a young boy is seen walking behind the Peloton Tread+ with a large pink ball while a young girl is on it, which gets pulled under the treadmill. Luckily, he walks away from his encounter with the device

The boy in the video struggles to get free from underneath the Peloton Tread+ before eventually breaking free

The commission released a harrowing video of a young boy being sucked beneath a Peloton Tread+ and grappling to free himself from the exercise machine with its warning on Saturday, and are in the process of investigating an incident in which a child had been killed by a Peloton Tread+.

It had issued an administrative subpoena requiring Peloton to name the child with family contact information within 24 hours so the agency could continue investigating, federal regulators told the Washington Post last week.

Peloton co-founded and CEO John Foley speaks on stage during 'Peloton Gears Up' at Vanity Fair's 6th Annual New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills in October 2019

Jessica Kleiman, a spokesperson for Peloton, said that the company did not provide personal information about the child to the agency because it 'respects its customers' privacy,' the outlet reported.

The child's family 'asked us not to provide the information to the CPSC,' she said. However, officials claimed that the company complied. 

An official familiar with the case told the outlet: 'This doesn't happen with other treadmills.'

The official said regulators were concerned that the Peloton treadmill seemingly has a 'different hazard pattern than is typically seen.'

Despite these concerns, company representatives have fired back at the commission's notice, claiming in a statement that the warning is 'inaccurate and misleading' and that the Tread+ is safe so long as safety instructions are followed. 

'The Consumer Product Safety Commission's unilateral press release about the Peloton Tread+ treadmill is inaccurate and misleading,' the statement read.

'The Tread+ is safe for Members to use in their homes and comes with safety instructions and warnings to ensure its safe use.'

Foley shared news of the fatality in a letter addressed to owners of Tread+

Peloton is fighting a federal safety recall and has allegedly delayed an investigation into potential safety problems it was revealed that a child died

'Like all motorized exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed.'

The company said the machine is 'not for children under 16' and that it warns users to keep children and pets away from it. 

'Peloton warns Members not to let children use the Tread+ and to keep children, pets, and objects away from the Tread+ at all times,' said Peloton. 

'Any owner of a treadmill – whether made by Peloton or not – should follow these warnings, as they are included in the applicable safety standards, which the Peloton Tread+ meets.' 

Meanwhile, the federal commission warned that if consumers do continue to use the product, they should keep it in a locked room, out of reach of children and pets and keep all objects away from it.

The CPSC said the machine should be unplugged and stored safely away when not in use and any incidents reported to CPSC.   

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