Amazon being sued over possible faulty solar eclipse glasses

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Thomas Corey Payne and Kayla Harris have filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against Amazon claiming that the glasses they purchased were defective.

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If you had the chance to witness the solar eclipse, you know just how awesome it was. For most, the eclipse was experienced using special solar eclipse glasses. These solar eclipse glasses are specially made to protect your eyes from being damaged by the suns powerful rays. Looking directly at the sun isn’t a smart thing to do and these glasses have to be made to certain specs. My wife purchased a batch of glasses from WalMart which we later found out were not up to spec. WalMart sent out an email letting us know not to use them and refunded our money straight away.

Now, it seems there may have been other solar eclipse glasses that were also faulty or defective. Thomas Corey Payne and Kayla Harris have filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against Amazon claiming that the glasses they purchased were indeed defective. The plaintiffs claim that they used the glasses which caused them to have eye damage. They also claim Amazon was negligent in selling the glasses that were purchased. They also accuse Amazon of unfair and deceptive trade practices.

They’re asking the court to grant the lawsuit class-action status, which could let other customers across the country join in the effort to seek as-yet unspecified damages. They’re also asking for a jury trial.

Amazon is probably not the only retailer who sold fake eclipse glasses, WalMart was duped as well. According to GeekWire, Amazon did know that some solar eclipse glasses may not be authentic and contacted customers in August. The company told users not to use the glasses and they would also refund the purchase.

Payne and Harris say they did not receive any notices or emails from Amazon concerning the glasses they purchased. They claim their health was affected almost immediately after watching the solar eclipse using the glasses from Amazon.

“Thereafter, both plaintiffs began to see dark spots in their line of vision, suffered vision impairment, including blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision,” the lawsuit says.

What do you think of this story? Did you buy glasses from Amazon? Did you get a warning not to use them and get refunded? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: GeekWire
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