Amazon has issued a recall for solar eclipse glasses that may not have come from a verifiable source, according to CNET. Customers who bought the glasses from Amazon but did not receive an email indicating that the glasses they purchased are unsafe have no reason to worry.
However, those who have received an email, it is recommended they do not use the product during the 2017 solar eclipse, set to occur on August 21, 2017, when the moon will pass in front of the sun, completely blotting it out, creating a 70-mile-wide shadow across the contiguous United states.
“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email said, after Amazon has raised concerns that the eclipse glasses are not suitable for wear.
“Safety is among our highest priorities,” Amazon said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards. … We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard,” the statement said further.
According to the American Astronomical Society (AAS), solar eclipse glasses that meet ISO standards need to be “designed exclusively for looking directly at everyday Sun. Filters for direct viewing of the Sun are typically sold in the form of wearable ‘eclipse glasses’ or ‘eclipse shades’ or as solar viewing cards that you hold in your hand. What makes them special is that they reduce sunlight to safe levels so that you don’t injure your eyes.”
The AAS recommends examining the glasses before purchasing them to ensure that the ISO label is printed on them: ISO 12312-2, which is an international safety standard. Such filters “not only reduce visible sunlight to safe and comfortable levels but also block solar UV and IR radiation.”
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