Philips recalled many of its CPAP sleep and respiratory care devices earlier this year. The company acknowledged that the recalled machines contain a sound abatement foam that can release airborne particles and cause adverse health effects for users. In the wake of this recall, CPAP users immediately stopped using the devices and many have filed lawsuits against Philips. The CPAP recall lawsuits allege that the company failed to warn the public of this hazard and designed defective products. Some of the plaintiffs have alleged that the recalled CPAP devices caused them to suffer health conditions including headaches, inflammation, and cancer.
Philips first-quarter report acknowledges CPAP risks
Philips released its first-quarter report for 2021 on April 26th. The report acknowledged the association between the problematic sound abatement foam in its CPAP and BiPAP devices and possible adverse health risks. Philips disclosed that different factors, including unapproved cleaning methods and specific environmental conditions, caused the sound foam to degrade into a toxic compound and become inhaled by users.