Couple suing Amazon over defective eclipse glasses that damaged their eyes

Amazon issued a recall for some eclipse glasses sold on its internet marketplace but did not publicly list the offending vendors

A couple from SC have launched a class-action lawsuit against online retailer Amazon for selling defective eclipse-viewing glasses, which they say have resulted in permanent damage to their vision.

In official documents stating the lawsuit filed in federal court in SC on Tuesday evening, Payne and Harris, said they purchased a three-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon in early August. Days after using the glasses, they also experienced blurry and distorted vision, the lawsuit claimed.

The legal action comes only a little more than a week after the 21 August total solar eclipse, and a little more than two weeks after Amazon sent out a highly publicised email warning customers about potentially unsafe glasses.

"Its email notification was insufficient to timely apprise customers of the defective nature of their glasses, and resulted in Plaintiffs and members of the proposed class using defective Eclipse Glasses to view the August 21, 2017 TSE unknowing that the glasses were unfit for their intended goal", the plaintiffs wrote.

What's more, the couple said they did not look into the sky without wearing the glasses when they viewed the eclipse.

They claimed in court papers filed on Tuesday that they purchased a three-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon in early August.

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The company issued a recall and sent emails to consumers in August that offered refunds for glasses that did not meet the global standard to be used during an eclipse, according to the lawsuit.

The retail giant did not disclose the list of affected vendors or say what the scale of the recall was.

An Amazon spokeswoman said Thursday, "We don't comment on litigation".

Payne and Harris are claiming class action status of their lawsuit arguing that Amazon customers nationwide may have suffered damages from the company's actions.

The Charleston couple wants Amazon to refund the money paid for their glasses and to compensate them for any medical expenses, lost wages and any other losses past and future caused by use of the eclipse glasses.

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