Peloton tested a US security guard dog – it wasn’t the first.

Peloton Interactive Inc. struggled to become a rising star in the home fitness industry. He didn’t back down when the Consumer Product Safety Commission first warned the public to stop using Peloton treadmills.

The exercise equipment maker initially resisted the regulator’s request to recall the treadmills after the death of a 6-year-old boy who was pushed under one of the machines. In April, it called the public warning “inaccurate and misleading.” However, after three weeks of public pressure, Peloton relented and apologized. The two sides are still in talks about what fixes should be made to the treadmills.

Peloton’s flap shows how complicated, time-consuming and messy a recall can be when the agency charged with protecting American consumers from dangerous products concludes that one of the 15,000 items it monitors is unsafe. How this will work in the future is the subject of intense debate in Washington, DC, with implications for US consumers and businesses.

Today, companies have the power to resist a CPSC recall request and negotiate, while reviewing any public disclosures about an alleged product defect. The companies and their attorneys call the review requirement an essential safeguard against any hasty and potentially inaccurate claims from the CPSC, which oversees everything from flammable fabrics to golf carts. Some CPSC commissioners and legislators would like the government to have more power, while others in Washington say the commission could simply do a better job exercising its power effectively.

“It’s an unbearable dilemma,” CPSC President Robert Adler said of cases where companies and the agency disagree about a product recall. “People say, ‘You have to alert the public and do it immediately,’ and the company says, ‘If you issue your warning, we will sue you and you won’t be able to post anything for a long time.'”

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