Friday, June 26, 2015

Lululemon Recall (UPDATED)

Another lululemon recall has hit the news recently (maybe lululemon should start buying advertising so it stays on the media's good side, coughNikecough). This time it's for jackets with elastic drawcords that have little metal or hard plastic aglets at the end. The styles 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.



Lululemon's solution is going to be to send you a new drawcord. You have a choice of five colors - Black, White, Gray, Blue, or Red. Awesome (not awesome). You can contact the GEC at 1-877-263-9300 or GEC@lululemon.com.

Though I sincerely hate to augment the factory condition of any of my lululemon items, I'll probably send away for the new drawcords to have on hand. Luckily, the two affected jackets I have are black but if you have some pretty Lolo Purple piece you are SOL.

Most of the responses on the boards have been a giant WTF: 'Is this for real?' 'Why aren't knives recalled? People cut themselves with them daily.' 'Quick, everyone get in your bubble. ' but the biggest area this will impact is in re-sale. It becomes illegal to re-sell recalled items, though god knows how it will be policed since even the GEC/eds can't identify styles, so good luck with that.

US CPSC Recall Notice

Canadian Recall Notice

Lululemon Recall Notice


UPDATE - Here are the color of the replacement drawstrings:




18 comments:

Anonymous said...

This borders on the absurd imho. Tuck it in side or tie it in such way it does not fly in your face. Common sense. Agree about recalling all knives immediately.

Aonimouse said...

Next they'll be changing them out because they're strangulation hazard. This is along exactly the same lines as the warning on coffee cups that the contents are hot!

Anonymous said...

I've had the elastic get caught on something and then rebound and hit me in the eye. Sounds stupid, but it IS possible. :)

Aonimouse said...

Anon @ 4.58, I know it's possible but are you asking knifes to be recalled because you cut yourself on them every once in a while? Where do we draw the line?

Pencils are pointy, shampoo stings when it gets in your eyes, come on...

lulu said...

I totally agree with this absurd recall..I had to re-watch the news story twice , so silly IMO.
Where do we draw the line?

Anonymous said...

Educator here. I thought this was a joke when we received the info. Recall everything with a zipper you can zip your skin into it. Duh people just duh

Anonymous said...

Draw cords shouldn't be elastic anyway. I get annoyed when I try to tighten my pants but the elastic draw cord just stretches and does nothing.

Anonymous said...

I'm upset since three out of four of my affected items are favorites and they are Concord Grape, Deep Zinfandel, and a shade of pink I can't remember. That sucks!

I was feeling the same way as the comments above (who cares, this is so dumb) until I read a comment on Lulumum's blog about a girl losing a big chunk of cornea when her cord got caught and rebounded in her eye. Now, I'm a little freaked out.

Anonymous said...

Commenting to add that Movement Jackets (original run from a few years ago) are also affected. I have Charcoal, Grape and Black, all with elastic cords with metal tips. I bought one from the newer run this past year and those have the non-elastic ribbon.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 5:20. This is a bit too much. I guess I should think of suing shoe companies every time I slip on the snow even though they claim to have excellent snow/ice grip. Lululemon is not the only company that uses elastic strings on their clothing. Let's be fair here.

Anonymous said...

This is silly.

What's the other Lulu recall?

shannon o'malley said...

The metal ends of those drawstrings do pack quite a snap, actually. Sometimes they get caught in the holes in my washer and I've snapped my fingers more than a few times pulling them out. It hurts enough that I'm now awfully careful if the ends get stuck.
However, this recall really is silly... It never even crossed my mind to call LL and complain that the drawstrings are too stretchy and the ends can give a painful snap. I have quite a few pieces that would need new drawstrings but I think I'll take my chances!

Anonymous said...

I don't know - I think that the knife comparison is a bit much - people know to be careful around knives, their purpose IS to cut. You don't intentionally wave pointy pencils near your eye, and shampoo in the eye isn't going to cause someone to need surgery to repair a torn cornea. You do not expect a metal tip to come snapping right at your eye when you've accidentally snagged your draw cord on something - and when it's around your neck, that's exactly where that tip is headed. Common sense won't prevent that kind of accident from happening. If you're not worried about it, then don't ask for a replacement cord.

Didn't know it would be illegal to resell recalled items - I would think that as long as the recall has been dealt with the item could be sold (car parts are recalled all the time - doesn't disallow selling, does it?))

dry chic said...

This is ABSURD!!! I personally like the elastic drawstrings WAY more than the non elastic. Please tell me it's ok if they're elastic in the pants? Cause they're much more functional

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 8:16 am - The sheer pants debacle.

@Shannon - I know. I've snapped myself in the face a couple of times.

@dry chic - pants are ok.

Anonymous said...

Well if you think you can manage your draw cords then you do not have to ask for new ones or participate in a recall. I won't be.

I have a Dance Studio jacket from 2012 with metal tips and I have no issues. In fact yesterday the hood and draw cords came in handy during a rainy day. When I wash it, it goes in a large mesh bag (so not bunched up) so no issues with draw cords in the machine either.

And if you're wearing a jacket with a draw cord the first concern is strangulation. My concern would be if a child yanked out the cord/got a hold of it. To that end anything that could be a hazard around a child must be seen through that eye and this type of jacket out of their reach. Does not mean I'm not going to buy it or wear it. And yes, if this was a child's jacket this would be a big miss. But it's an adult jacket.

janine57 said...

Me too! Doesn't feel to good either.

Anonymous said...

Weird I come back from vacation and this is the new lulu story. yikes! I kinda liked those stretchy draw cords, the new ones look cheap.
The way things are going high heels should be recalled as well.


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