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Class Claims Amazon Sold Shoddy Eclipse Glasses, Partially Blinding Them


August 31, 2017

The moon almost eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Ore. on Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (CN) — In a federal class action,  two South Carolinians claim they were partially blinded by watching the Great American Eclipse through defective Solar Eclipse Glasses they bought from

In their Tuesday lawsuit, Thomas Corey Payne and Kayla Harris say Amazon did not notify them that the eclipse glasses it sold them were defective. Now, they say, they suffer from central blind spots, impaired vision, discomfort and dizziness.

Amazon bought 10 million of the 37 million Solar Eclipse Glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics, according to a July 7 USA Today story cited in the complaint. Two days before the Aug. 21 eclipse, Amazon issued an email warning about the glasses.

But Payne, who bought a three-pack of the glasses on Aug. 1, says that Amazon’s “email ‘recall’ was tragically too little, too late.”

American Paper Optics is not a party to the lawsuit.

“(M)any Eclipse Glasses sold by Amazon were sold in packs of 3 and 20, and distributed to individuals who never received a warning email,” the complaint states. “Notwithstanding Amazon’s woefully inadequate email notification, any and all users of Eclipse Glasses were subjected to unreasonable and foreseeable risks of severe and permanent eye injury due to the negligence of Amazon.”

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