Lululemon recalls 318,000 women's tops; elastic draw cord caused face and eye injuries

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Lululemon is recalling about 318,000 women's tops, saying the hard-tipped elastic draw cords can snap back and injure the face or eyes of a wearer.

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Regulators said Thursday that consumers should stop wearing the tops and either remove the cord or ask Lululemon for a non-elastic draw cord and instructions on how to replace the cord.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the tops have an elastic draw cord with a metal or plastic tip in the hood or in the neck area. The agency says seven people have reported face and eye injuries after the cord was either pulled or became caught on something and then released.

About 185,000 of the tops were sold in Canada and 133,000 were sold in the U.S. between January 2008 and December 2014. The items were sold under a variety of names, colors and styles, and they cost $75 to $260.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. pulled some of its Luon yoga pants off the market in 2013 after customers complained that the pants were too sheer, making them see-through at times. Other wearers reported problems including pilling, holes, and seams coming apart. Making matters worse, company founder and Chip Wilson said some women's bodies weren't right for his company's pants. Wilson later resigned as chairman, and early this year he stepped down from the board of directors.

U.S.-traded shares of the Canadian company rose 29 cents to $67.71 in afternoon trading.