The plaintiff, a 15-year-old girl, had purchased a pair of inexpensive, imported sunglasses from a major discount store.
She brought them with her to the beach and fell asleep on the shore with them on her face. She awoke to find the plastic frames in flames and forming a sticky napalm-like substance on her face. As a result she suffered severe facial burns and permanent scarring. An analysis of the plastic frames revealed them to be of a type of acetate compound of very low ignition point. The radiated heat of the sun eventually ignited the frame resulting in the accident.