10 Ways Your Clothes Can Seriously Hurt You

Updated with a statement from Lululemon.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lululemon Athletica (LULU) gave consumers a scare this week after it recalled more than 300,000 of its women's tops for potentially injuring wearers' eyes and cutting their faces with their elastic draw cords.

But the popular yoga brand is not the only company that has had to issue recalls of its clothing in recent years, with several popular brands, such as J.Crew, L.L. Bean and even Chanel, having to do the same. 

Each year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) sifts through thousands of reports from both consumers and companies and decides which will result in recalls, according to Alex Filip, the agency's deputy director of communications. Consumers protection group Kids in Danger found that the CPSC reported 296 recalls in 2014.

"Unlike the FDA working with things like lipsticks and drugs, our agency does not do premarket testing," Filip said. "The way our law was written is that we only act on known hazards."

Once a report is filed, both the company involved and the CPSC launch investigations into the claims. For its part, Filip said the CPSC looks "for a pattern of defect or if people get hurt by a product just doing what people do."

The CPSC doesn't issue recalls itself, but acts as a third party to help get recalled products off the market and insure consumers are given an adequate remedy. These remedies include three options: refunds, repairs or replacements. Filip added the majority of recalls facilitated by the CPSC do not involve injury or death.

Of the recalls issued in 2014, 75 were related to children's products, with 33% of those products being children's clothing, according to Kids in Danger. The majority of the children's clothing recalls resulted from either a drawstring defect or violations of flammability standards.

Here's a list of ten recalls in recent years you should know about:


1. Lululemon Women's Top, June 2015

Lululemon announced a recall of 22 styles of its women's jackets after reports that the elastic draw cords could snap back on wearers' faces causing either facial or eye injuries. The recall included about 133,000 products in the United States and 185,000 in Canada.

There were seven reported incidents and all resulted in injuries to wearers' face or eyes.

Instead of offering a full refund, the company said customers could "should stop wearing the tops with the elastic draw cord and either remove the draw cord or contact Lululemon to request a new, non-elastic draw cord with written instructions on how to replace the draw cord."

"As always, our priority is doing the right thing for our guests," said a Lululemon spokesperson. "We voluntarily contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the United States government and Health Canada, both working to ensure our products perform for our guests, in order to take proactive steps to prevent any potential harm to our guests."

Lululemon previously made headlines in 2013 for its recall of approximately 17% of its trademark black Luon yoga pants after the pants were revealed to be see-through.

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