America celebrated a rare celestial event on August 21, 2017, when the moon formed a perfect line between the Sun and our Blue Planet. The result was nature invoking darkness in the middle of the day. The phenomenon was visible from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Therefore, numerous people purchased eclipse glasses to witness the total solar eclipse in the safest conditions. However, a couple in Charleston opened a new class action lawsuit blaming Amazon for faulty products.
Plaintiffs Claimed that They Experienced Vision Impairment after Using Amazon’s Eclipse Glasses during August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
On Tuesday, the federal court in South Carolina received papers to open a new class action lawsuit from couple Corey Payne and Kayla Harris. They claimed that they ordered in early August a three-pack of special glasses that promised owners protection during a solar eclipse. Therefore, they employed these tools to view the astronomic event safely on August 21.
However, after a while, both Harris and Payne started to feel headaches and have watery eyes. It took them several days to realize that their condition wasn’t getting any better. On the contrary, time accentuated their vision issues through vision impairment with effects of blurriness and distorted vision.
Therefore, they intend to make the retailer of these eclipse glasses, namely Amazon, to cover compensation for the damages they’ve done. The retail giant responded publicly to these allegations. Representatives claimed that Amazon started sending out messages on August 10 to customers.
Amazon Claimed It Sent Email for a Product Recall to Customers
The emails contained an appeal to a recall of solar eclipse glasses that were potentially faulty. However, the message justified that Amazon wasn’t able to test their efficiency as it wasn’t the manufacturer of these products. Nonetheless, no information on a number of recalled products or involved vendors was disclosed afterwards.
On the other hand, plaintiffs Harris and Payne claimed that they had not received such an e-mail from Amazon. Therefore, they turned the lawsuit into class action so other customers in situations similar to theirs could join in with their own testimonials. In the end, they can reclaim compensations for themselves.
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