Peloton CEO fires back at safety regulator’s warning about its treadmill – and says it won’t stop selling the product

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  • Peloton CEO John Foley said the company has no plans to stop selling its Tread+.
  • On Saturday, a US consumer safety suggested the company should recall or stop selling the treadmill.
  • The product has been linked to 39 incidents, including one death.
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Peloton CEO John Foley says the company won’t stop selling its treadmill after US regulators suggested the company should recall the Tread+ over the weekend.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Saturday it began investigating the Tread+ after 39 incidents, including one death, were linked to the machine. There have been multiple reports of children and pets becoming trapped or pulled under the back roller on the treadmill, according to the CPSC.

The agency said it “believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death” and urged consumers with children to stop using the machines.

Foley responded to the CPSC statement saying the company has been cooperating with the investigation but has no plans to stop selling its $4,295 product.

“The Tread+ is safe when our warnings and safety instructions are followed, and we know that, every day, thousands of Members enjoy working out safely on their Tread+,” Foley said.

Peloton called CPSC’s warning “inaccurate and misleading.” The company also took issue with a harrowing video released by the agency which shows a child becoming trapped under the machine.

Foley said the treadmill was not designed for children and includes several warnings about keeping the product away from children.

“The Tread+ includes safety warnings and instructions in several places, including in the user manual, in a safety card left on top of the Tread+ tray on delivery, and on the product itself,” Foley said.

Foley also said Peloton is working on additional software that will provide additional safety measures.

Shares of Peloton fell about 5% in trading Monday following the CPSC’s announcement.

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Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly considering a run for California governor

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Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the 4th annual Women’s March LA: Women Rising at Pershing Square on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor, according to Axios.
  • Tuesday’s report comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom likely faces a recall election this year.
  • Jenner is a longtime Republican.
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Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor as embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall attempt, according to an Axios report on Tuesday.

The US Olympic athlete and former “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” reality TV star has been speaking to political advisors about her potential candidacy, three people familiar with the matter told the outlet.

Caroline Wren, a Republican fundraiser who previously fundraised for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, is working with Jenner, Axios reported. Wren did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Jenner also did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

The report comes as Newsom likely faces a recall election later this year, a unique situation that allows voters to decide whether to remove him from office during the middle of his four-year term. Newsom won the 2018 gubernatorial election with 61% of the vote.

The last time Californians recalled a governor was in 2003, when Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was ousted and replaced by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Republicans have launched a recall campaign against Newsom as part of a growing backlash over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, the state has reported more than 3.6 million cases and over 59,000 deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

The race has not yet been authorized. Nearly 1,500,000 petition signatures from registered voters are required to put the election on the ballot, ABC News reported. Recall organizers say they have exceeded that minimum, but state and local officials have until April 29 to count the signatures and determine if an election will be held, Capital Radio News reported.

Should she decide to enter the race, Jenner, a longtime Republican, would join three Republicans who have already announced their intentions to run in a recall election.

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Sabra is recalling thousands of cases of its popular ‘Classic Hummus’ over salmonella contamination concerns – see which states are impacted

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Sabra Classic Hummus 10 oz

  • Sabra recalled about 2,100 cases of its Classic Hummus over Salmonella concerns.
  • The products affected have a “Best Before” date of April 26.
  • 16 states have been impacted by the recall.
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Sabra is recalling about 2,100 cases of its 10 oz Classic Hummus, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday.

The product was recalled after a routine FDA screening found Salmonella in one of the tubs of hummus. The FDA said the affected products are unlikely to be found in stores, as the hummus is already halfway through its shelf life.

The recalled tubs were produced on February 10 and have a “Best Before” date of April 26. To date, no food-borne illnesses or consumer complaints have been linked to the product, according to the FDA.

The hummus was distributed across 16 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Salmonella is known to cause stomach cramps, fever, and diarrhea within 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Most Salmonella cases are mild and do not require medical treatment.

Sabra said that consumers with the contaminated product should return it to the company for a full refund.

This is not the first time Sabra has been forced to recall its hummus due to contamination fears. In 2016, the company recalled 57 varieties of its hummus for potential listeria contamination.

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Ford to recall 2.6 million vehicles in the US to replace Takata airbags

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Ford is recalling around 2.6 million cars in the US starting April 1 to replace driver’s side front Takata airbag inflators that could rupture.

Ford proceeded with the safety recall after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January denied a petition the company filed in 2017 arguing the recall was not warranted.

The company maintained in a statement Friday that it believes the recall was unnecessary because the inflators in this tranche of cars operate differently that those that prompted the world’s largest-ever auto safety recall.

More than 42 million US vehicles by 19 automakers with Takata air bag inflators have been recalled over the past few years due to concerns the inflators could rupture during airbag deployment, spewing potentially deadly metal fragments. Takata inflators have led to more than two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide.

The cost of the recall action is estimated to be about $610 million, Ford said in a January regulatory filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ford did not respond to Insider’s request for further comment.

The company is also recalling 274,737 of the affected vehicles in Canada and 46,078 vehicles in Mexico, according to Ford’s statement. Dealers are expected to replace the driver-side airbag inflator or airbag module.

Car models include the Ford Fusion 2006-2012, Ford Edge 2007-2010, Ford Ranger 2007-2011, Mercury Milan 2006-2011, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ 2006-2012, and Lincoln MKX 2007-2010.

Separately, Ford is also recalling 15,769 vehicles in the US over faulty tires, 3,082 vehicles in Canada, and 138 in Mexico.

A break may happen on the sidewall of the tire leading to sudden air loss or a belt edge separation which could cause partial or full belt loss and increasing the risk of a crash, Ford said citing a safety report by the Continental Tire of America.

The company said that it is not aware of any accident or injury related to this issue.

The recalled car models include Ford F-250 and F-350 select 2018-2020, F-150 select 2018, and Ford Escape select 2019.

Owners will be notified during the week of March 29 about the fix in which dealers will inspect tires and replace those that match the suspect tire list provided by Continental Tire of America.

Last month, Ford said that it is recalling around 90,000 of its F-Series pickups over faulty windshields. The company said that the windshields “are inadequately bonded to the vehicle body structure,” and that the windshield may not stay in place if a crash occurs, increasing the risk of an injury.

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Mercedes recalls thousands of SUVs over a software error

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Mercedes-Benz US is recalling thousands of its sport utility vehicles over a program software error that could cause a car to move to one side during a maneuver. The error could increase the risk of a crash, the company said in a filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The company is recalling 41,838 of its cars including certain 2020-2021 GLE450, GLE350 and 2020 GLS450, GLE580, and GLS580 models, according to its filing.

Mercedes-Benz USA didn’t respond to Insider’s question if the error caused material damage or injuries in the US.

The car’s Electronic Stability Program software could apply a twisting force to one of the front wheels, pulling the car to move to one side as it steers.

The software will be fixed free of charge starting April 13, Mercedes-Benz said in the filing.

Earlier this month, Mercedes recalled around 1.3 million cars over an error with its automatic emergency-call system that could send responders to the wrong vehicle location. The car models recalled included CLA, GLA, GLE, GLS, SLC, A, GT, C, E, S, CLS, SL, B, GLB, GLC, and G, the Associated Press reported.

The company told Insider last week that Mercedes-Benz US was not aware of any case of material damage or personal injuries caused by this issue.

In January, Mercedes-Benz revealed its new 2022 EQA 250 crossover, its latest electric vehicle model.

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The Ford Bronco Sport has been hit with another recall mere months after its first deliveries

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Ford Bronco Sport.

  • Ford is recalling 1,666 2021 Bronco Sport models over improperly attached rear suspension parts. 
  • Loose or missing bolts mean that the rear suspension on some vehicles isn’t secured to the frame. 
  • Ford botched the launch of the Explorer in 2019, when thousands of vehicles had to be sent to another factory to be reworked. 
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The rollout of the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco has hit a speed bump.

Ford announced on Thursday it is recalling 1,666 Bronco Sport models over rear-suspension components that may not be properly attached, just months after delivering the first vehicles in late 2020. 

“Affected 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles were produced with rear suspension modules that may not be fully secured to the subframe. Rear suspension modules with loose or missing bolts may affect the vehicle’s stability, increasing risk of an accident, and may result in reduced rear impact crash performance, increasing the risk of injury,” the carmaker said in a press release. 

Ford said the affected vehicles were built at its Hermosillo, Mexico plant between July and November of last year. It’s not aware of the faulty bolts causing any incidents or injuries. 

In January, Ford recalled a small number of Bronco Sports and other models for not having the right amount of lubricant in the rear drive unit, which could cause the rear axle to seize. 

The back-to-back recalls have echoes of the Blue Oval’s notoriously bungled launch of the new Ford Explorer in 2019. Ford had spent roughly $1 billion upgrading a plant in Chicago to build the Explorer, but still thousands of models had to be sent to a factory in Michigan “for rework,” Bloomberg reported in 2019. By the time they reached customers, many Explorers suffered from quality issues. 

However, the recalls are bumps in the road for an otherwise smooth rollout of one of Ford’s most highly anticipated vehicles to date.

The rugged SUV – which sports multiple models, lots of customization options, removable doors and roof panels, and vintage charm – quickly raked in a huge amount of reservations and very well may steal some of the Jeep Wrangler’s thunder in the off-road space. 

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Multiple dog foods recalled after 70 dogs died due to suspected poisoning

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  • Pet foods from Midwestern Pet Company are under a voluntary recall.
  • A reported 70 dogs have died, and more than 80 have gotten sick.
  • The food was found to have dangerous levels of aflatoxins, which are produced by mold.
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The FDA is warning veterinarians and animal owners that Sportmix pet foods from Midwestern Pet Foods may be toxic.

The dog food might contain dangerous levels of aflatoxins, a toxin created by certain kinds of mold. So far, 70 dogs have died and more than 80 have become ill after eating Sportmix food, although not all the cases are confirmed to be from aflatoxins.

Read more: ‘Pet parents’ are expected to spend $99 billion on pet care this year, and Walmart has a plan to dominate the segment with pet insurance and dog walking partnerships

Midwestern Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of foods produced at the Oklahoma plant, and owners should stop feeding the food to pets immediately and consult a vet. They can also report suspected cases of aflatoxin poisoning to the FDA, which is investigating Midwestern Pet Foods in cooperation with departments of agriculture in 10 states.

Aflatoxin poisoning can cause “sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea” according to the FDA. It can also result in long-term liver damage and death. No illnesses have been reported in cats or humans, The New York Times reported, although people are recommended to wash their hands after handling.

The pet food company first issued a voluntary recall in December when tests showed high levels of aflatoxin. On January 11, Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall to include other products, and the full list can be found on the FDA’s website.

“As a fourth-generation family-owned company, Midwestern Pet Foods has been committed to ensuring that our products are safe and nutritious for nearly 100 years. Until recently, throughout our long history, we’ve never had a product recall” the company said in a statement. “We continue a thorough review of our facilities and practices in full cooperation with FDA in an effort to better serve our customers and pet parents who put their trust in us.”

MPF listed the codes of all the affected pet foods here.

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More than 400,000 Excedrin bottles have been recalled because of holes in the bottles that could cause child poisoning

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Excedrin PM.

  • More than 400,000 Excedrin bottles have been recalled due to a manufacturing issue.
  • According to the recall, certain bottles of the migraine medication contain holes in the bottom that could be a risk for poisoning among children with easy access to the pills.
  • No injuries have been reported.
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About 433,600 units of Excedrin bottles have been recalled due to a packaging issue that has left holes in multiple bottles.

Five Excedrin brands – migraine caplets, migraine geltabs, extra strength caplets, PM headache caplets, and tension headache caplets – are included in the recall, which was posted on December 23. 

According to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which manufactures Excedrin, certain bottles of the migraine medication contain holes in the bottom that could cause a poisoning risk among children with easy access to the pills. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act requires that substances containing aspirin and acetaminophen, like Excedrin, must be protected with child-resistant packaging.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission website says bottles without a hole can continue to be used normally.

GSK said on its website that 24-count bottles of Excedrin extra strength caplets and Excedrin migraine caplets and geltabs were not impacted. 

No injuries have been reported, according to USA Today

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