Peloton bike caused NYC man’s death after severing his carotid artery, lawsuit claims

Peloton bike caused NYC man’s death after severing his carotid artery, lawsuit claims


The mother of a New York City man is claiming that a “dangerous” Peloton bike led to the death of her son when the fitness equipment fell on him as he was exercising and severed his carotid artery, according to a lawsuit. 

Johanna Furtado is asking for damages for “pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages,” as well as medical expenses and other damages, including the cost of past and future medical and psychiatric care, according to the suit, which was filed in March in New York Supreme Court. 

According to the lawsuit, Ryan Furtado was completing a “core” workout on his Peloton bike, which required him to dismount and do some exercises on the floor. When he attempted to rise from the floor, he used his bike to help him get up, but the equipment allegedly “spun around and impacted him on his neck and face severing his carotid artery in his neck killing him instantly,” the suit alleges.

“Ryan was found by the New York Police Department with the Subject bike still resting on his neck and face,” the lawsuit said.

The litigation comes after Peloton has faced previous scrutiny for the safety of some of its equipment, including a recall earlier this year for 2.2 million bikes whose seat posts could break off while exercising and treadmills that injured several children and killed one. 

Johanna Furtado alleges that Peloton didn’t properly warn users about the risks and that it didn’t adequately test the bike to make sure it could be safely used by consumers who “continuously [stretch] on the bike during workouts, causing the Bike to destabilize and fall, causing injury to the user.”

In a statement to CBS MoneyWatch, Peloton said, “We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Furtado family for this unfortunate accident. As a member-first company, the health and safety of our member community is a top priority.”



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