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Dr. Martens vegan boots being recalled due to chemical exposure hazard

BootThe importer Airwair is recalling about 30,000 Dr. Martens vegan boots in the United States and an addition 900 in Canada.

Prolonged and direct contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Dr. Martens unisex Vegan 1460 eight eye boots sold in cherry red with black shoelaces in all sizes. The boots have a chunky sole and a golden heel pull tab with “AirWair” printed on it. “Made in Vietnam” and product code 14585 are printed on the tongue label with the batch code starting with “GV” and ending in Q, R, or S.

The boots were sold at Dr. Martens, Journeys, and independent stores nationwide and online at,,, and other websites from January 2015 through July 2017 for about $125.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled boots and contact Dr. Martens for a full refund or free replacement product, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise.

For more information, call Dr. Martens at 800-460-3930 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email [email protected], or visit and click on “Product Recall.”

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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