Where Can I Get a Replacement Treadmill Safety Key?

The treadmill safety key is a feature that quickly stops the machine in the event you need an abrupt halt mid-workout. We’ve all seen the videos where someone is launched off the treadmill and into the wall directly behind it, and the safety key mitigates these situations.

As helpful or even lifesaving this can prove to be, the trouble is the key can easily get lost or damaged when removed, making a frequently asked question our review team receives- Where can I get a replacement treadmill safety key? If you have pets or young kids, you’ll definitely want to keep reading!

The nature of this safety feature requires the key to slip out without much force. Curious minds can easily remove it. This happened on my Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill just the other day when my chocolate lab decided to pull the cord… teaching me to never leave it dangling when not in use! Fortunately, I found it later that night, but it led me to explore some helpful solutions during my brief panic attack!

Where Can You Get a Replacement Safety Key: Three Solutions

Your treadmill won’t start without it, but the good news is that you won’t have to buy a new treadmill as treadmill keys are pretty easy to come by. In most cases, you won’t be restricted to a factory replacement from your machine’s manufacturer.

Case in point, the Treadmill Universal Magnet Safety Key is compatible with all NordicTrack, Proform, Golds Gym, Weslo, Image, Reebok, Epic, Freemotion, and HealthRider treadmills. If you’re on the hunt for a replacement treadmill key, here are three solutions.

  1. Search online. A great starting point is Amazon where you can find treadmill keys for just about any brand. This was where I started, and my initial concerns were immediately quelled when I saw the prices ranged from $6-$18. Although I found where my dog hid mine, I had already placed an order on Amazon, and it was simple to cancel.
  2. In some cases, you’ll need to reach out to the manufacturer. Some companies like Schwinn Fitness, Bowflex, and Lifespan Fitness make it simple to order online, and you won’t have to worry about it not working. In some cases, you’ll need to reach out to customer service to make a special order request.
  3. I’ve yet to come across a treadmill that doesn’t have an available treadmill safety key, so the two options previously mentioned will do the trick 99% of the time. In the event you absolutely can’t locate a replacement treadmill safety key, it’s possible to make your own. Magnetic keys are a little easier. You’ll need to find a magnet the same size as the receptor and craft a way to attach a new cord and clip. Slide-in keys are much more tricky as they require you to precisely measure the slide site and craft a replacement key accordingly. This becomes even more difficult if you have a metal vs. plastic treadmill safety key. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, an electrician can help for a much lower cost than buying a new treadmill

 

Treadmill Safety Key FAQs

How do treadmill safety keys work?

The key is loosely attached to the machine, and you clip the other end to your clothing. You’re connected by a cord that’s about three quarters of the length of the machine. Ergo, if you become displaced on the belt, the machine will detect it before you’re ultimately launched off, and the treadmill won’t start back up until the key is reinserted.

What happens if you lose the treadmill key?

While losing the key will prevent you from starting the machine, there are solutions. Read our three solutions above!

Can I use any magnet for my treadmill?

It depends. Some magnetic treadmill keys rest on a small indentation, in which case you may be able to find a magnet that fits. However, if the magnetic key has to slide into a slot, locating a compatible replacement is necessary.

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