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Could a treadmill be a dangerous product?

People in Washington, D.C. exercise to get – or stay -- healthy. Individuals who do not live near a gym or cannot go outside during the winter months often rely on their home exercise equipment. However, one of the most common pieces of exercise equipment that thousands of people use every day in their homes -- a treadmill -- could actually be a dangerous product.

The most common problem with treadmills is their apparent tendency to unexpectedly speed up. In 2015 alone, nearly 23,000 people visited their local emergency rooms after incidents involving treadmills. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that, between 2003 and 2012, an average of three people died every year because of an accident involving a treadmill.

A spokesperson for the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that there is no set number of people who have to be injured before a recall is issued. She notes that recalls are supposed to be based on the potential for a problem. However, for a mechanical issue, individuals would most likely have to file a products liability claim.

Whether an individual in Washington, D.C. was seriously injured in an incident involving a faulty piece of exercise equipment ,such as a treadmill, or was injured by some other dangerous product, he or she may has the right to consult with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney with experience in products liability lawsuits would be able to offer legal advice on whether grounds exist for such a lawsuit. Monetary damages awarded in successful suit can be used toward medical expenses and for other documented monetary losses.

Source: wdtv.com, "How dangerous is your exercise equipment?", Renata Di Gregorio, Feb. 7, 2017

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