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Peloton is recalling hundreds of stationary bicycles because it faces competitor patent infringement lawsuits

Peloton has issued recalls for tens of thousands of stationary bicycle pedals following reports of product defects and injuries.

Peloton, a fitness and lifestyle company best known for its stationary bikes, has been hit by a number of mass recalls as well as a patent infringement lawsuit.

Late last week, Peloton recalled clip-on pedals for about 27,000 of its stationary bikes after receiving numerous reports that broken pedals had harmed consumers.

The recall, according to the New York Times, affects pedals on bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016. In total, the company received 120 reports of broken pedals and 16 resulting injuries, some of which required stitches or other emergencies, according to the Times.

Amelise Lane, a peloton spokeswoman, said the company remains committed to product quality and consumer safety.

"We pride ourselves on delivering the best streaming equipment, proprietary software, and premium streaming digital content that our members love," Lane told the New York Times.

Lane said the recall only applies to customers whose bikes are out of warranty and who own stationary bike models with reported pedal breaks.

The Times previously named Peloton one of the "top winners of the quarantine economy" as social distancing mandates and localized bans led many consumers to buy home fitness products. Peloton's success amid the ongoing coronavirus has resulted in the company's shares quintupling since mid-March.

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However, Peloton faces another obstacle to continued success.

Icon Health and Fitness, which owns NordicTrack along with other exercise equipment, recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Peloton.

In the lawsuit, Icon claims that two “new” features in Peloton's Bike + – a pivoting touchscreen and a built-in mechanism that automatically adjusts resistance during pedaling lessons – “were developed and used by Icon long before Peloton”.

According to CNN Business, Icon has a pending patent on the swivel screen as well as a patent on the resistive feature.

Interestingly, CNN notes that this is not the first time Peloton has tried Icon in court. Earlier this year, Peloton filed its own lawsuit against Icon claiming it piggybacked Peloton's “innovative technology” by starting broadcasting live courses.

Still, Icon claims that its competitor – a relatively new entry into the market – is merely trying to profit from what Icon has made successful.

"As a leading innovator in the fitness industry, Icon is unfortunately used to companies copying their technology," wrote Icon's attorneys in their lawsuit against Peloton. "Some companies like Peloton have built entire companies (at least in part) on Icon's patented technology."

Icon has claimed that Peloton CEO John Foley met with Icon prior to the release of Peloton's first stationary bike in 2013.

Foley, the lawsuit states, wanted to incorporate patented aspects of Icon's design into his own – a request that Icon declined.

Peloton's own lawyers say Icon's complaint is merely in retaliation for a previous legal battle.

"(It is) nothing more than a continuation of the lawsuit Peloton filed against Icon earlier this year and a retaliatory lawsuit designed to divert attention from the apparent (sic) violation of Peloton leaderboard technology and other misleading practices" he said to Steven Feldman, Peloton's external counsel.

"We will vigorously defend this case in court."

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