Lululemon Recalls Drawstrings From Tops Because No One Wants To Be Hit Repeatedly While Running

This is just one of the 19 different types of Lululemon tops being recalled.

This is just one of the 19 different types of Lululemon tops being recalled.

The last thing you want to endure after finishing your workout or while enjoying a little down time in your comfy-cozy sweatshirt is for the strings on that thing to attack. But that’s apparently what’s been happening for owners of several Lululemon Althletica apparel items, and now the company has recalled an inordinate amount of women’s tops.

After receiving seven reports of injuries from consumers wearing the apparel items, Lululemon announced it would recall about 318,000 women’s hooded sweatshirts, jackets, pullovers, tunics and other tops that have an elastic draw cord with hard metal tips, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In all, 19 different kinds of tops contain the elastic draw cord with a hard tip in the hood or around the neck area.

The seven reports of incident collected by CPSC resulted in injuries to the eye or face after the top’s cord was pulled or became caught and then snapped back.

“Our main priority is ensuring our product works for our guests, and we believe this is the necessary proactive action,” Vancouver-based Lululemon said in a statement to Bloomberg. “We are committed to making our product right for our guests and regret any inconvenience this may have caused them.”

Lululemon advises consumers to stop wearing the tops or remove the cord. People who contact the company can request a new, non-elastic draw cord.

The tops – of which 133,000 are in the U.S. and 185,000 are in Canada – were sold in Lululemon stores and online, as well as at partner retailers for $75 to $260 from January 2008 to December 2014.

This certainly isn’t the clothing company’s first issue with apparel items that didn’t perform as intended.

Back in 2013, the company found itself in the midst of a massive debacle when its yoga pants turned out to be see-through. Refunds, lawsuits, and resignations ensued, finally coming to an end in April 2014.

Lululemon Recalls Drawstrings From Hoodies After They Lash Faces [Bloomberg]
Tops with Elastic Draw Cords Recalled by lululemon athletica Due to Injury Hazard [CPSC]