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A girl puts on a pair of protective glasses to observe a solar eclipse in in Milan, Italy, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Amazon was slammed with a lawsuit over eclipse glasses


A couple in South Carolina is suing Amazon over eclipse glasses that they claim did not work during the solar eclipse last week.

Corey Payne and Kayla Harris both watched the cosmic event on Aug. 21 with supposedly faulty glasses they had purchased from the online vendor. Hours later, Reuters reports, the couple experienced symptoms such as headaches, eye-watering, and blurred vision.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the couple claims that they only viewed the sun with the glasses and never took them off.

A week before the solar eclipse event, Amazon sent customers a email to recall counterfeit glasses sold on the website.

“Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness,” Amazon wrote in its email to customers. “Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.”

Affected customers were issued full refunds. However, the couple stated in the lawsuit that they never received an email from Amazon.

Corey Payne and Kayla Harris join others, who have been affected by Amazon glasses, in a class-action lawsuit.

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