Yogawear leader Lululemon has happened upon another product flub—the retailer recalled 318,000 women’s tops because the elastic draw cords were snapping back and causing consumers to suffer face and eye injuries.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), when the hard-tipped elastic cord in the hood or around the neck is pulled or caught on something and then released, the snap back was resulting in face-area injuries.
Seven incidents of injury have so far been reported.
The recalled products include: Carry and Go Hoodie; Cool Down Jacket; Course-ette Jacket; Cozy Up Jacket; Dance Studio Jacket; Dance Sweat Shirt; Don’t Hurry Be Happy Pullover; Gratitude Wrap; Necessity Jacket; Proactive Jacket; Refresh Snap Up; Run Sun Blocker Pullover; Run Track N Field Jacket; Run With It Jacket; Sanctuary Jacket; Savasana Tunic; Sing, Floss, Travel Jacket; Stow ’N Go Jacket; Stride Jacket; Summertime Tunic; Varsity Hoodie; Victory Jacket and Wear With All Jacket.
Lululemon sold the jackets in stores, on its website and through select partners from January 2008 to December 2014 and the products retailed between $75 and $260.
CPSC said consumers should stop wearing the tops as is and either remove the draw cord or contact Lululemon to request a new, non-elastic version that comes with instructions on how to replace the cord.
The activewear retailer recalled its luon line of yoga pants in 2013 for being too sheer, and the very public move reportedly cost the company roughly $67 million, led to then CEO Christine Day tendering her resignation and ultimately brought down founder and former chairman of the board Chip Wilson, who earlier this month expressed his interest in selling his family’s estimated $1.3 billion stake in the brand.