Lululemon Recalls 300,000 Hoodies For Causing Facial Injuries

Photo: Courtesy of Lululemon.
Between the infamous 2013 yoga pants sheergate and the subsequent rude comments made by the company's founder, Chip Wilson, Lululemon has already seen its fair share of controversy. Now, the Canadian brand is issuing another recall — and, unlike the last time, the reason has nothing to do with downward-facing dog.

Yesterday, Lululemon stated that it would remove the elastic drawstring found in approximately 318,000 women’s tops due to complaints that the cords were snapping back and whacking women in the face. These hard, metal-and-plastic-tipped cords are incorporated into the design of 23 different hoodies and jackets — including the Carry and Go hoodie and the Gratitude Wrap — made between 2008-2014. A notice on the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated, “When the elastic draw cord with a hard tip in the hood or around the neck area is pulled or caught on something and released, it can snap back, impact the face area, and result in injury." Ouch.

According to the notice, seven people have already suffered injuries to the face and eye, but there's no word yet on exactly what kind of physical activity they were doing to cause such an extreme lashing.

Lululemon is quick to point out that the company is pulling the jackets voluntarily, and there's no lawsuit involved. But, if you happen to own one of the recalled hoodies, the CPSC suggests contacting Lululemon for a replacement elastic. In the meantime, consider this the perfect excuse to take it easy during your next workout.
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