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Mountain Equipment Co-op Recalls Cycling Shoe Covers

Starting date:
October 31, 2014
Posting date:
October 31, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Clothing and Accessories
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Fall Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

MEC Drencher Shoe Covers and MEC Cycling Shoe Covers

Product description

This recall involves adjustable MEC shoe covers intended for use over a variety of cycling and non-cycling shoes or boots.  The unisex shoe cover is available in six sizes: x-small, small, medium, large, x-large and xx-large.

The shoe cover is a slip-on waterproof bootie made of black nylon with reflective patches. The bottom is mostly open with a piece of material under the toe to hold the front in place and an adjustable Velcro strap in the arch area.

The following two models are included in this recall:

  • Drencher Shoe Cover Model Number 5029-526
  • Cycling Shoe Cover Model Number 5009-241

Hazard identified

The shoe cover can get caught on the pedal if the shoe cover does not fit entirely flush against the shoe sole.  This can prevent the rider from dismounting, resulting in a fall hazard.

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has received five incidents of shoe covers getting caught on the pedals.  This resulted in three riders falling over in which one rider reported a broken wrist, cracked rib and a sore neck.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

Number sold

Approximately 12,600 units of the Drencher shoe covers and 49,500 units of the Cycling shoe covers were sold at MEC stores across Canada.

Time period sold

The Drencher shoe covers were sold from October 2012 to October 24, 2014. The Cycling shoe covers were sold from September 2005 to January 2013.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Vietnam.


Sambu Vina Sports Co. Ltd.
Ho Chi Minh City
Mountain Equipment Co-op
British Columbia

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately ensure their shoe covers fit snugly around their cycling shoes. If they do not, consumers should stop using the product and return it to MEC for a credit. The credit represents the price of the shoe covers, plus the sales tax paid.

For more information, consumers can contact MEC at 1-888-847-0770, Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST, and Saturday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST. Consumers can also visit MEC'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.