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Dr. Martens boots recalled due to hazard involved

Sep 1, 2017 / United States
Dr. Martens boots recalled due to hazard involved
Dr. Martens recalled more than 30 000 vegan boots in the United States and Canada after discovering that the shoes could expose users to the toxic chemical benzidine
The boot in question is the unisex model Vegan 1460 eight eye. Roughly 30 000 pairs were sold in the United States and an additional 900 were sold in Canada.

The recall covers the classic model cherry-red boot with black laces with a cost of 1250 US dollars per pair.

Acording to the brand, most affected shoes were purchased online through Dr. Martens, Amazon and Shoebuy stores, from January 2015 to July 2017. Purchases made at Dr. Martens' physical stores, Journeys and other stores are also included in the recall.

Benzidine has historically been used as a component of dyes, particularly for textiles and leather. Its industrial and commercial use has been banned in the United States after the discovery of carcinogenic properties.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission no reported injury occured so far, and as such the recall is preventative.

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