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What You Need to Know About the Philips CPAP and BiPAP Machine Recall

November 02, 2022

What You Need to Know About the Philips CPAP and BiPAP Machine Recall

Sleep apnea, a very common condition that affects more than 18 million Americans, can cause a number of respiratory problems during sleep, including shallow breathing or even brief stops throughout the night. Those suffering from sleep apnea are at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes. For those suffering from sleep apnea, the most common treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, which utilizes a machine worn during sleep that helps restrict airflow via a mask worn over the mouth and nose. 

What happens though, if these machines were found to cause severe medical problems?

That’s exactly what happened in 2021, when Philips, a significant producer of these medical devices, issued a recall for a number of their CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator product lines. The machines were recalled as a result of many consumer complaints suggesting that the sound-isolating polyurethane foam used in the products could degrade under normal usage, releasing tiny foam particles and harmful gasses into the airways of the products, where users could breathe them in. Users of Philips ventilator, CPAP, and BiPAP equipment claim that the manufacturer knew about the faulty foam for at least three years prior to the recall leading to the filing of a class action lawsuit.

What Medical Conditions Are Caused by Defective Philips CPAP and BiPAP Machines?

Inhaling these dangerous gasses, or ingesting these particles can lead to the user developing a number of serious medical conditions, including:

  • Chronic respiratory infections
  • Respiratory failure
  • Renal failure
  • Lung damage
  • Cancers, including liver, breast, kidney, lung, nasal or throat, thyroid, stomach, colon, leukemia, or lymphatic/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Cardiovascular disease or heart attack

What Are the Details of the Philips CPAP and BiPAP Recall?

Following the discovery of these defective Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines, Philips voluntarily recalled a number of their products in June 2021. This recall included the following models manufactured between 2009 and 2021:

  • E30
  • C Series S/T, AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus
  • Dorma 400, 500 CPAP, Auto CPAP
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
  • DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP, Auto CPAP
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • System One 50 series
  • System One 60 series
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator

What Are the Details of the Philips CPAP and BiPAP Class Action Lawsuit?

This large-scale recall has resulted in a large number of lawsuits against Philips, by users claiming to have suffered from these health problems caused by the defective CPAP and BiPAP machines. 

These lawsuits contend Philips should be held liable for negligence and product liability due to defective design, manufacturing defects, a lack of disclaimers, fraud, and a failure to warn consumers.

What Are the Next Steps for Consumers Affected by Defective Philips CPAP and BiPAP Machines?

If you or a loved one were injured by a defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator, reach out to an experienced defective ventilator class action lawyer with Feingold & Posner, P.A. for a free initial claim review. During this review, our firm will review what to expect during the process of pursuing justice and compensation.

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