Philips is recalling certain devices due to potential severe health risks to consumers. This recall involves various Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices. The sound abatement foam used to reduce sound and vibration in affected devices, PE-PUR or polyester-based polyurethane, may break down, causing dangerous particles to be inhaled or swallowed by the user. Additionally, the foam may off-gas certain chemicals by releasing volatile organic compounds and harmful chemicals in a vapor form. Users have reported black debris/particles in the airpath circuit of the machines and the company has received complaints of sinus infections, chest pressure, upper airway irritation, and headaches.

The health risks associated with particulate exposure include:

  • Possible carcinogenic effects, such as cancer
  • Possible toxic effects
  • Respiratory issues
  • Adverse effects to liver, kidneys, and other organs
  • Inflammation
  • Irritation of eyes, skin, and respiratory tract
  • Headaches

The health risks associated with off-gassing include:

  • Possible carcinogenic effects, such as cancer
  • Possible toxic effects
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Irritation of eyes, nose, skin, and respiratory tract
  • Headaches

As of July 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration issued an official Class 1 recall of numerous Philips machines. Per the FDA, a Class 1 recall is “the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.” The administration is urging users to stop using their devices and speak with their health care providers. The Philips CPAP lawsuit claims the use of certain Philips machines can cause lung injury and even cancer.

The Diaz Law Firm is representing individuals who used any of the below-listed Philips devices and have been medically treated for lung injuries or cancer.

The recalled devices include these CPAP and BiPAP devices:

  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation GO
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • SystemOne ASV 4

And include these ventilators:

  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
  • A-Series BiPAP V330 Auto
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30
  • Garbin Plush, Aeris, LifeVent
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200

For more information on the FDA’s safety communication on the Philips recall, click here.