Manufacturer of outdoor clothing The North Face is recalling one million winter jackets over concerns that they could overheat in the unseasonably mild weather leading to their wearers being 'engulfed in a sartorial inferno'.
A company spokesman said they were recalling the jackets as a precaution.
'Wearers at particular risk are those who bought North Face jackets designed to be worn at K2 altitudes in Antarctic conditions,' said a North Face spokesman, 'or on the north face of anything. The combination of Gore Tex clothing technology, body heat, and the unseasonably mild conditions could lead to someone wearing our jacket in, say, Hereford city centre, bursting into flames.'
'Customers are strongly urged to remove the detachable fleece lining of such jackets,' the spokesman added.
North Face is offering to exchange the dangerous jackets for casual indoor wear or, for women, Gore Tex lined bikinis.