Eclipse glasses recalled: Concerns with Biniki glasses, other Amazon brands, prompt alert

Illinois officials are urging the public to check their eclipse glasses saying that some brands were recalled for potentially failing to meet safety standards.

An Illinois Department of Public Health press release states that eclipse glasses sold through Amazon as the "Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses AAS Approved 2024 - CE & ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing (6 packs)" have been recalled for potentially not meeting the ISO designation 12312-2.

Amazon said they had not issued a recall, but confirmed the company notified customers that the Biniki glasses were not yet vetted by AAS and offered refunds.

The glasses were also sold by several Illinois retailers, the IDPH release said.

"People in possession of the recalled glasses should not use them to view the eclipse," the release states. "Using inadequate eye protection could lead to serious eye damage."

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Glasses not sourced from American Astronomical Society approved supplier

Rochester, New York outlet News10NBC reported that Amazon sent customers an email Friday warning them about the Biniki glasses and offering a refund.

"If you still have this product, out of an abundance of caution, we recommend you not use it for the upcoming eclipse on April 8, and review the following information for more details, including how to view a solar eclipse safely and how to identify unsafe eclipse glasses," the email from the company stated according to News10NBC.

An Amazon spokesperson told USA TODAY that they reached out to customers who purchased glasses that might not have been sourced from a supplier on the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) approved list.

"While we are not aware of any particular products that are unsafe, we took this action out of an abundance of caution," the statement said. "We regret any inconvenience this may have caused our customers.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Eclipse glasses recall: Biniki, others sold on Amazon do not meet code