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3.5 Million CPAP Machines Recalled

In June 2021, Philips initiated a nationwide recall of 3.5 million CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) breathing machines. According to Philips, the toxic foam materials in the devices could have adverse effects on the vital organs of users. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified the problem in the devices as a Class 1 recall, the FDA’s most serious recall type.

People have filed a class-action lawsuit after suffering injuries from the recalled devices.

Why Do People Use CPAP Machines?

Philips CPAP and Bi-level PAP devices provide breathing assistance by delivering pressurized air to prevent a user’s airway from collapsing during inhalation. Long-term users of the devices typically suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The devices can also be used for short periods for acute conditions like pneumonia, asthma, and pulmonary edema.

Reason for the Recall

The PE-PUR foam in the recalled devices can degrade into particles that can enter the machine’s air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by a user. The foam could also release toxic chemicals that can be inhaled. As a result, the devices can seriously injure users.

Patients using the devices had complained to Philips about seeing black particles and debris within the machine’s air pathway. Philips has also received reports of upper airway irritation, headaches, coughs, sinus infection, and chest pressure.

Some health risks of particulate exposure are:

  • Asthma

  • Irritation to the eye, skin, or respiratory tract

  • Headache

  • Inflammation

  • Carcinogenic effects on liver, kidneys, and other organs

Exposure to the chemicals that the foam may off-gas carries risks like dizziness, irritation to the eye, skin, nose, or respiratory tract, headaches, hypersensitivity, nausea, vomiting, and carcinogenic effects.

Philips CPAP Lawsuits

Plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit on June 29, 2021, after the recalled devices seriously injured them. The lawsuit is seeking financial recovery for anybody who bought the defective units and wants Philips to replace them with safer devices that do not pose any health risks.

People who suspect the devices caused their injury can also file a civil action to hold the manufacturer liable for the harm suffered. They can recover compensation for pain and suffering, emotional stress, mental anguish, lost wages, medical bills, and other economic losses and personal injuries. People who lost family members after using the defective Philips machines can file wrongful death lawsuits.

Victims or their loved ones can speak to a personal injury lawyer near them to get more guidance on filing Philips CPAP lawsuits.

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