The solar eclipse glasses have been recalled for failing to meet safety standards

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If you purchased solar eclipse glasses on Amazon or in Illinois or Missouri, you might want to check them.
Solar eclipse glasses sold on Amazon, at least six stores in Southern Illinois and three in Missouri have been recalled.
The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert warning that the faulty glasses were recalled after “potentially failing to meet safety standards,” according to NBC Chicago 5.
“The recalled glasses are labeled as ‘EN ISO 12312-1:2022,’ the IDPH alert said.
“Proper safety glasses should carry the ISO designation of 12312-2.” Stores that sold the products have also issued warnings about the recalled glasses.
Please check your solar eclipse glasses,” a Facebook post from Fink’s ALPS in Union, Missouri warned about the glasses with an EN ISO number 12312-1: 2022.
Amazon emailed customers to alert them that the product “was not included in the American Astronomical Society’s list of safe suppliers of solar eclipse viewers and filters and therefore may not be safe for viewing a solar eclipse.
Real solar glasses should be “at least 1,000 times darker than even the darkest regular sunglasses,” advised Rick Fienberg, Project Manager of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force.

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You may want to check solar eclipse glasses that you bought in Illinois or Missouri, or on Amazon.

Three Missouri stores and at least six Southern Illinois stores have recalled solar eclipse glasses that were sold on Amazon.

As reported by NBC Chicago 5, the Illinois Department of Health recalled the defective glasses due to a “potential failure to meet safety standards.”.

Most of the glasses were offered for sale in stores in Illinois and Missouri, both of which are near the path of totality, and on Amazon under the name “Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses AAS Approved 2024 – CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing (6 Packs).”.

“‘EN ISO 12312-1:2022,’ the IDPH alert stated on the label of the recalled glasses. “The ISO 12312-2 designation should be applied to appropriate safety glasses. “.

A warning regarding the recalled glasses has also been sent out by the stores that sold the products.

An EN ISO number 12312-1: 2022 Facebook post from Fink’s ALPS in Union, Missouri advised users to “DO NOT USE! Please check your solar eclipse glasses.”.

A notice about the defective products was sent out to online customers on Friday in Rochester, New York, which is in the path of totality.

Customers received emails from Amazon informing them that the product “may not be safe to view a solar eclipse” because it “was not included in the American Astronomical Society’s list of safe suppliers of solar eclipse viewers and filters.”. Since the eclipse is on April 8, we advise against using this product if you still own it, out of caution,” WHEC stated.

There will reportedly be refunds.

The dangerous fakes have entered the market, according to evidence released by the American Astronomical Society.

The suspect frames are copies of authentic frames manufactured by County Qiwei Craft Co. the AAS cautioned, and are easily identified as fakes because they are no darker than typical sunglasses.

According to Rick Fienberg, Project Manager of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force, genuine solar glasses ought to be “at least 1,000 times darker than even the darkest regular sunglasses.”.

Under ideal circumstances, the only thing an individual wearing real glasses should be able to see in the sun is the very faint reflection of the sun off a shiny surface or puddle. “.

If the glasses pass that test, users should observe the Sun for a brief moment to see if, depending on the filter used, its face appears “comfortably bright” in a shade of white, bluish-white, yellow, or orange.

Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, offered her perspective on the matter in a press release on Wednesday.

According to the state’s top prosecutor, “there are serious risks associated with not using proper eyewear when looking directly at an eclipse, so everyone should follow guidance to ensure their solar eclipse glasses are legitimate and safe to use.”.

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