Triumph International, a Japanese lingerie maker, is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that the underwires suddenly abruptly poked out, often when women were already wearing them.
The company has made a name for itself with concept lingerie including a solar-powered bra and an “Abenomics” bra that honored Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival plan.
Triumph International said in a statement to the press, “We are sorry for the bother, but we ask customers to stop using the bras immediately.” It followed up with a sincere apology and a vow to take steps to prevent an issue like this from reoccurring.
The bras were pulled from shelves due to the company’s fear of injury. The recall applies to an estimated 22,000 bras ranging in cost from 5,600 to 6,200 yen, or $48 to $53 sold only in Japan.
There have been no reported injuries from the bra’s defect, which caused the tops of the underwires to project from the fabric.
A company spokeswoman concluded on the matter, “It would be terrible if it happened again and somebody’s skin was scratched.”