Women's fitness brand Lululemon announced this week that it's recalling roughly 17% of its yoga pants from stores. Apparently, they were manufactured with materials that made them too sheer for those pesky people who have a strict definition of what "pants" should be.
It's not everyday that we encounter a product recall that's seemingly so absurd. So, in honor of the Lululemon gaffe, we decided to enumerate some of the most ridiculous recalls in recent history.
Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Kids
This doll made a "chewing motion" that would allow it to chow down on plastic snack foods. Not a discriminating connoisseur, it would also pull in hair, fingers, and clothes. One can only imagine the horror of watching a doll slowly eating its way up your sleeve towards your neck.
Slip 'n Slide
In 1993, 32 years after the product was introduced, Wham-O finally discovered that throwing yourself head-first down a hill, potentially adjacent to skin-tearing concrete, and onto a strip of plastic that might as well be rubber if you hit a dry patch, could result in injury. Technically the Slip 'n Slide is still being manufactured (with a boogie board that might prevent some of the aforementioned issues), but the company vehemently warns teens and adults not to use it, because it may result in severe spinal injury. Children, though, are apparently fine to play with it.
British Burger Recall
Horse meat has been found in a variety of non-horsey products throughout Britain, including burgers, lasagna, and IKEA meatballs. Just say NEIGH to WILBURgers? (Yes, we know "Wilbur" was the man, not the horse in Mr. Ed, but "EDburgers" sounds too much like they'd be recalled for containing human meat.)
Tiny, easily-ingestible toy-parts enrobed in chocolate? What could possibly go wrong? (OK, there is a plastic shell between the chocolate and the toy, but still!) For a brief time in 1997, one importer did manage to bring Kinder Eggs to the U.S., but after a talking-to from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, all eggs were recalled. Life got a little safer, but a lot less fun for our children.
As we mentioned above, Lululemon recently recalled some of its yoga pants because when worn, they were too sheer and revealed the yoga-er underneath. It gives a whole new meaning to "Hot Yoga."
Did we miss any product recalls that were more ridiculous than they were, you know, deeply harmful to the well-being of our society? Let us know in the comments section below.