Draw Cords Unsafe, Lululemon Recalls

Draw Cords Unsafe, Lululemon Recalls
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A massive recall of Lululemon tops has been ordered by both Health Canada and the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, Reuters Canada reports. This comes as the Consumer Products Safety Commission has confirmed that there are already seven incidents arising from the said Lululemon tops. This has led to injuries affecting the face and eye. Meanwhile, Health Canada states that it has already received five consumer incident reports with regard to the tops.


According to the recall statement, the Lululemon tops that are affected 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.”

The Product Safety Commission explains that the safety risk is due to the “elastic draw cord with hard metal or plastic tips in the hood or around the neck area” found in the tops. Moreover, both the Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have instructed consumers with the dangerous Lululemon tops to stop wearing them. Instead, they recommend that customers request for a non-elastic draw cord from Lululemon or simply remove the elastic draw cord from the top.

Made in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Peru, the tops in question were reportedly sold in Lululemon stores, website and other sales partners from January 2008 to December 2014, retailing for about $75 to $260. NBC News has learned that Lululemon will be recalling around 318,000 women’s tops with around 133,000 in the United States and 185,000 in Canada.

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In a statement to Reuters Canada, Vancouver-based Lululemon said, “Our main priority is ensuring our product works for our guests, and we believe this is the necessary proactive action.” Meanwhile, when asked about the impact of the said recall to their business, Lululemon said in a statement, “We assessed and accrued for the financial impact … and do not consider this to be material to our business.”

In its latest media release, Lululemon has said that their net revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 has increased to $423.5 million, compared to just $384.6 million during the first fiscal quarter of 2014.