I must say this is a real wake up call for me this AM. I forever leaving my treadmill unfolded, plugged in. I may shut the door, but I KNOW my son can open said door. He has watched me more than once start the treadmill - I have even caught him trying to use it.
So for those of us that have equipment and little ones at home - Please be careful!
When temptation calls you, just drop the receiver!
I thought the same thing about my own treadmill and children. I think she became tangled in a cord that was looped under the display. That's what I read online anyway. I know mine has a long cord with magnet as an emergency stop. It's easily long enough to be wrapped around a child's neck.
OMG I read the story. It's heart breaking and frightening. When I first got my treadmill my son was only 3 (5 now) and I had the safety key in and it plugged in. I also had the back facing the wall. He hopped on and flipped it full blast. He fell against the wall and the belt scraped off skin from his arm and back. It only took a second and I can only imagine if I hadn't been right there. It was so scary. I now have a high spot to hang the key and it is in my basement gym where the children are never allowed to be. I now know how dangerous they can be. Children should not be allowed around them at least unless all the safety features are utalised.
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The confusing thing is it seems (if I am reading it right) that her neck got stuck in some cord coming from the console. It had nothing to do with it being turned on! So the safety key thing really had nothing to do with it...it was a completely freak accident.