Consumer product recall

Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC recalls Dr. Martens 1460 Vegan Cherry Red 8-eye boot

Starting date:
August 24, 2017
Posting date:
August 24, 2017
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Clothing and Accessories
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC

Affected products

Dr. Martens 1460 Vegan Cherry Red 8-eye boot

Product description

This recall involves Dr. Martens 1460 Vegan Cherry Red 8-eye boot sold in all sizes. The boots have a golden heel loop pull tab with "AirWair" printed on it. Product Code 14585 with Batch Numbers starting with "GV" and ending in "R" or "S" are printed on the inner tongue label of the affected boots.

Hazard identified

Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC has become aware that the dye used to colour the tongue lining of the Dr. Martens "Vegan" boot model contains traces of the chemical benzidine. Prolonged and direct contact with the boot tongue lining could expose the wearer to the chemical.

As of August 23, 2017, the company has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 898 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, and approximately 30,000 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from September 1, 2016 to June 29, 2017 at various retailers across Canada.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Vietnam.



Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC





Vietnam Xin Chang Shoes Co. Ltd.

Bunh Duong Province


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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC for instructions on how to obtain a full refund or a free replacement product.

For more information, consumers may contact Dr. Martens AirWair USA, LLC by telephone at 1-800-460-3930 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST  or by email

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.