Dangerous Products: June 2009 Archives

June 2, 2009

Treadmill Accidents Pose Risk of Serious Injury, Death

Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, died on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, after succumbing to injuries she sustained when her head was caught in a cord hanging from a treadmill.  According to reports, this tragic treadmill accident occurred when the cord tightened around the child's head after she fell while playing on or around the machine.  The child was rushed to the hospital where she was treated, placed on life-support, and later passed away.

This tragic accident highlights the danger treadmills pose--especially to the very young.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that some 6,481 exercise equipment-related accidents involving children under 5-years-old occurred in 2008.  Treadmills and other exercise equipment do not only pose a risk of strangulation, but also can cause burns, lacerations, and deformity to the body from coming in contact with moving parts.

In order to help prevent these tragic exercise equipment accidents, ConsumerReports.org recommends that children be supervised at all times while treadmills and other exercise equipment is in use in the home.  Treadmills and other equipment that is not in use should be unplugged and locked away if possible or surrounded by a safety gate.  Finally, safety clips should be removed from the equipment to eliminate the strangulation hazard they pose and to prevent the equipment from running.

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