Philips CPAP Machine Recall Lawsuits

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Following a recall that impacts millions of Philips DreamStation machines and other brands of CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices, individuals diagnosed with cancer or suffering other health side effects may be entitled to financial compensation and settlements.

PHILIPS DREAMSTATION RECALL: On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall for a number of different breathing machines that contained a defective sound abatement foam made of a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), which may degrade and release black particles and chemicals directly into the airway of users. The Philips CPAP machine recall impacts devices sold between 2009 and April 2021.

STATUS OF PHILIPS DREAMSTATION LAWSUITS: Free consultations and case evaluations are provided by CPAP recall lawyers, and financial compensation may be available for individuals who experienced:

  • Cancer Diagnosis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Heart Attack, Stroke or Heart Failure
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Medical Treatment for Symptoms Like Headaches, Breathing Problems, Irritation, Nausea and Vomitting


MANUFACTURER: Philips Respironics, a subsidiary of the Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Philips, N.V. “Royal Philips”

OVERVIEW: More than 3.5 million defective CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) and mechanical ventilator machines were sold with defective PE-PUR sound abatement foam, which was intended to reduce noise and vibrations from the devices.

The Philips CPAP machines are used for the treatment of sleep apnea and some other breathing disorders, most commonly sold under the brand name “DreamStation”. The sleep apnea machines push air through the nostrils and into the back of the throat by increasing air pressure, which keeps the airways open and prevents both snoring and lapses in breathing during sleep. They can also be used to help infants breathe when they are born with lungs which are not fully developed.

BiPAP machines use two-level positive airway pressure, meaning they help both with inhaling and, unlike CPAP machines, assist in exhaling as well. They are often set to monitor the breathing of the subject and activate when the user stops breathing or when their breathing decreases below a set number of breaths per minute.

Philips ventilators may be used in an ICU, hospital, nursing home or in-home care setting among individuals who require mechanical assistance to breath, providing life-sustaining treatment.

Problems with the Philips PE-PUR sound abatement foam may include:

  • Foam degradation issues may cause black particles or debris to be inhaled or swallowed;
  • Foam breakdown may release certain toxic chemicals into the machine air pathway

An estimated 80% of the recalled devise were CPAP and BiPAP machines sold primarily under the DreamStation label, according to the recall information. The remaining 20% were mechanical ventilators often used in hospital settings.

HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM PHILIPS CPAP MACHINES: Although the first warnings about the potential sound abatement foam risks with Philips machines were not issued until April 2021, it appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the problems for years.

Philips has received reports from users who found black debris or particles in CPAP masks tubing and headgear, as well as complaints of problems like:

  • Headache (often referred to as “CPAP Headaches”)
  • Upper Airway Irritaton
  • Persistent Cough
  • Irritation in the eyes, nose or repiratory tract
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Asthma
  • Nausea and Vomitting

Both Philips and the FDA have suggested that foam degradation issues with the recalled CPAP machines could be exacerbated by the use of certain ozone or UV light cleaning methods, which are sometimes sold by third-party companies. This may speed up the degradation of the PE-PUR foam. Issues may also be more likely in areas with high temperatures or high humidity.

FREE PHILIPS CPAP LAWSUIT EVALUATION: Product liability lawyers provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help determine if financial compensation and Philips DreamStation settlement benefits may be available as a result of health problems, injuries or deaths that result from the inhalation or consumption of foam particles from recalled CPAP devices, BiPAP devices and mechanical ventilators.

To request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit, submit information about a potential Philips DreamStation CPAP lawsuit for review by a lawyer.

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  1. Susan Reply

    I have been using mine for years and have asthma and copd. My last two cat scans showed lung irritations/infections. I noticed that my old machine was on the recall list also. I wake up a lot of mornings with headaches and my nose is constantly dry and stuffed

  2. Nora Reply

    I have dry irritated nasal passages and constant irritation in my nose morning headaches and a spot on left lung

  3. Amber Reply

    Emphysema and COPD increasing sore throat and tongue..mouth, nose and eyes dry and scratchy. Terrible daily headaches using max amount of ibuprofen to relieve that does not always work. Been to Dr w/ complaint but ? Part of disease or something else? Who would have thought about it being related to my breathing device made for my medical use!?

  4. Vicente Reply

    My brother was on that CPAP machine since he’s now has a lung infection numerous things going on first off has down syndrome so can’t voice his opinion I am his voice lung infection the biopsy that was taken doest match his diagnosis I’m so upset and don’t no how this ppl. Couldn’t see this coming.

  5. Eric Reply

    My dads CPAP is on the recall list.
    He has had severe headaches and breathing issues. He has been sent to the ER with intense headaches.
    They said that it is inflammation in his sinus passages.
    This has been going on for 3 years now and still has a headache almost ever day!

  6. Wilma Reply

    I have headaches everyday

  7. Karen Reply

    I have been using the DreamStation nasal CPAP since July of 2020 and was NOT notified by Philips OR the medical supply company I received the DreamStation from of the recall in June 2021. I was only told by my healthcare at my annual checkup in August 2021. Since March I’ve been dealing with Vertigo/inner ear problems and headaches almost everyday, now congestion and headaches…BUT TOLD TO continue to use the CPAP, just discontinue the SoClean Cleaning I had been doing daily.

  8. Elly Reply

    Am waiting to hear if my machine is Recalled.

  9. Edward Reply

    Over the last 6 years I developed sleep apnea, copd, balance problems and spindle cell carcinoma I continue to recover from. I also have a nodule on my lung. Prior to the use of my S0-Clean2, I had my right kidney removed (renal cancer) in 2008, in 1993 my cancerous thyroid was removed and in 1996 I had 2 artery heart bypass surgery. I am a 100% service connected disabled veteran with a ton of medical records.

  10. Vera Reply

    I have had my DreamStation Phillps Respironics CPAP machine for about 3 years and I am having problems breathing and staying short of breath, and it dry my nasal cannula.

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