An unknown number of defective solar eclipse glasses have been recalled by Amazon, according to WebMD’s website.
Amazon said in a statement to WebMD that out of an abundance of caution, the company has asked independent retailers selling their glasses on Amazon.com to share documents that their products meet safety standards.
“The offers from sellers who provided this safety documentation remain available to customers. The listings from sellers who did not provide the appropriate documentation have been removed and customers who purchased from them were notified last week,” the statement said.
Only glasses that meet the international ISO 12312-2 standard are safe to use during the eclipse. Look for that number on your glasses to be sure.
Individuals and reputable organizations trusted Amazon sellers to provide trustworthy products, but that was not the case for our friends at the Towns County Chamber of Commerce, for example.
On Thursday, August 17, 2017, this message was shared on Facebook:
Hey folks – could you please spread the word that the Towns County Chamber found out about the Amazon recall on solar eclipse glasses the same way and the same day everyone else did… over the weekend.
We were not able to get anything in the local newspaper this week but we have been announcing it on the radio and telling EVERYONE that we will gladly refund your money for any solar eclipse glasses purchased at the Chamber that appear to be unsafe.
We received several shipments of glasses over the course of the last two months – some were certified by approved NASA and AAS manufacturers and some were not. However, all of the glasses we received stated in their description at the time of their purchase that they were certified and ISO approved.
But, regardless of who the manufacturer is we will refund your money happily. We do not want anyone unhappy or unsafe! Please be patient with us… we are doing the best we can under the circumstances.
If you already have a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses, please hit the link below to be sure your glasses have not been recalled.