On Monday, Aug. 21, a full solar eclipse will be visible across much of the country. Even those who will not be able to see the full eclipse are gearing up to watch an event that has not occurred here in the United States for decades. Part of that preparation involves purchasing special glasses that allow observers here in Texas and across the country to view the eclipse. Unfortunately, Amazon is recalling several of these special glasses because they could be a potentially dangerous product.
The problem lies in the certification process. Looking into the sun can cause blindness or other vision problems. If the glasses do not meet the standards set by the American Astronomical Society and NASA, injuries could occur. Therein lies the reason for Amazon's recall -- at least one vendor could not back up claims that the glasses met the standards.
As a precaution, Amazon reviewed all of the vendors providing eclipse glasses to ensure that they met with the appropriate standards. This apparently led to more brands of glasses being pulled from its website. Customers affected by this precautionary recall were sent emails urging them not to use the glasses and offering a refund.
It would be a tragedy for people here in Texas -- or anywhere else -- to have such a significant and historical event marred by blindness or some other serious eye issues. Hopefully, all of the customers who purchased the potentially dangerous product will know about the recall in time. If not, a products liability claim may be in order against all parties who may bear some legal responsibility for any injuries suffered.
Source: PBS News Hour, "Amazon recalls potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses", Nsikan Akpan, Aug. 14, 2017