Toxic Foam Leads to Defective Philips CPAP Devices

Toxic Foam CPAP CPAP Devices Philips Respironics

In June of this year, we heard about a voluntary recall made by Philips Respironics of potentially serious health risks related to several of its CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices caused by the machines’ sound abatement toxic foam.


Toxic Sound Abatement Foam

The issue? The sound abatement foam in these devices could potentially degrade exposing users of the devices to toxic particles and chemicals which could then be ingested or inhaled as the device contains no filter to prevent this from happening.

The toxic chemicals these devices could release include:

  • Toluene diamine (can cause birth defects, cancer, organ injuries)
  • Toluene diisocyanate (can cause cancer, eye injuries, respiratory irritation)
  • Diethylene glycol (can be toxic if ingested)
  • Dimethyl diazine (gas used to make other chemicals)
  • Phenol, 2,6-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl)(aka, carbolic acid) – (gas used to make other chemicals)

The foam degradation may be exacerbated by the:

  • Use of unapproved cleaning methods such as ozone cleaning or ultraviolet light.
  • Climate and environment conditions such as high heat, high temperatures and humidity where the devices are being stored
  • Age of the device as the foam is more likely to degrade the older the device is.

Health Problems from Toxic Foam

Toxic Foam CPAP CPAP Devices Philips Respironics

Example of CPAP mask and hose, an entryway for the toxic debris.

Inhaling or ingesting these particles could result in serious life-threatening injuries, cause permanent impairment, or require medical intervention.

  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Breathing problems
  • Eye, Skin, Nose or Respiratory Tract Irritation
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent Cough
  • Chest Pressure
  • Asthma
  • Airway irritation and inflammation

Philips CPAP Lawsuits

Lawsuits are starting to be filed. Potential causes of action may include:

  • Defective design, where the product was manufactured as the design schematics specified, however, the design itself is what makes the device unsafe.
  • Manufacturing defect, where the design may have been sound, but the device was built incorrectly.
  • Failure to warn, there is no warning to the public about foam degradation in the original first-generation DreamStation CPAP manual, therefore, the public was not fully informed about the risks
  • Consumer fraud / deceptive trade practices
  • Gross negligence
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Breach of implied and express warranties

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If you or a loved one developed cancer, respiratory issues, or other serious health problems after using one of these defective Philips CPAP machines, contact the law offices of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. The time to request your free, no-obligation case review is today. We will help you determine if your Philips breathing device is the cause of your health issues. We will review your case in a free and confidential consultation, with no risk or obligation to take legal action.

Call us today at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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