This is why I won't use Fram anymore,the paper thin cans. That's exactly where I squished the last TG I used,by merely gripping it with my hand while I was tightening it. My Nissan,Honda,and Motorcraft OEM's don't even squish when I remove them with channel locks.
Fram,if you're reading these posts,please strengthen up the can. Other than the flimsy cans,I think their filters are great!
I stopped using the Subaru "blue can" oil filters because I could feel them flexing when I hand tightened them...I thought they were some kind of composite material and was shocked when I scratched a used one with a pick awl and saw shiny metal.
I ended up buying a stash of Tokyo Roki WRX (basically the same engine as my FXT) filters for a low unit price on Amazon and they feel rock solid by comparison. I just didn't like the feel of the blue ones, never had an actual problem with one.
Keep extras and yes always open the box and look them over. A few weeks back Wally World had a sale on filters. I was getting the on sale Ultra I opened the box and some had swapped it with a Tough guard. I didn't get that one it stayed in the store.
What a waste of a good oil filter. I wouldn't have had an issue using it, but hey, it is your money. Cut it open and post a photo from the inside.
A "good" filter is one that is not damaged. As thin as the can is and the pulsing from the oil flow, who knows if it would have developed a crack over the next year. I wasn't going to find out.
I wonder how many people are riding around with dented oil filters from having them dropped by a tech at an OIL LUBE SHOP? And, their engines are still running with no problems at all. Imagine that! It just baffles the mind to think of it.