SoClean Class Action Lawsuit Claims CPAP Cleaning Machines Not Safe For Human Use

Case joins other SoClean class action lawsuit filings, alleging consumers were misled about the safety of the CPAP cleaning machines

A class action lawsuit filed earlier this week claims that SoClean CPAP cleaning machines are not safe, since they emit high levels of ozone gas that should not be used around by humans or animals.

Dale Vernon, Sr. filed the complaint (PDF) on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, seeking class action status to pursue damages on behalf of himself and other purchasers of the CPAP cleaning machines.

SoClean has been marketed as a safe way to sterilize and deodorize CPAP machines, which are used by individuals with sleep apnea. However, to be effective at cleaning the CPAP machines, SoClean uses high levels of ozone gas, which may pose serious health risks for consumers, according to allegations raised by Vernon.

The lawsuit alleges that SoClean deceived consumers by claiming what the devices emitted was “activated oxygen.” In reality, which SoClean later admitted, the devices were emitting high levels of ozone, which is the principle ingredient of concern in smog.

“The SoClean devices work by generating ozone to sterilize and deodorize CPAP machines. Ozone (O3) is an unstable toxic gas with a pungent characteristic odor that can kill bacteria and viruses,” Vernon’s lawsuit notes. “To be effective as a germicide, ozone must be present in a concentration far greater than can be safely tolerated by humans or animals.”

Vernon indicates he purchased a SoClean 2 CPAP cleaning device in 2017, to clean his ResMed CPAP machine. He says he paid a premium price because of how SoClean presented “activated oxygen” as being safe and effective. Vernon’s complaint says he would not have purchased the device if he’d have known the truth about its ozone emissions and the potential health risks they represent.

The class action seeks to damages for all individuals nationwide who purchased SoClean CPAP machines, indicating that the manufacturer’s false representations have actually deceived and harmed individual consumers.

Concerns About SoClean CPAP Cleaning Devices

The complaint joints a growing number of SoClean lawsuits seeking class action status, which have been brought since concerns about the safety of the machines that emerged last year, in the wake of a massive Philips CPAP machine recalls.

Philips Respironics recalled millions of CPAP sleep apnea machines that contained a polyester-based polyethylene sound abatement foam, which has now been found to degrade and break down, releasing toxic particles directly in the users air pathways. This has been linked to a number of severe and potentially life-threatening side effects for users, including a potential risk of cancer from the Philips CPAP machines.

At the time of the recall, Philips made several statements suggesting that ozone CPAP cleaners like SoClean may cause the sound abatement foam to break down. While SoClean has maintained that the foam problems were the result of poor design choices by Philips, and not their sanitizing machine, many lawsuits allege that SoClean withheld information about the side effects that result from the high levels of ozone gas necessary to clean a CPAP.

In January, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized all SoClean CPAP sanitizing device lawsuits in the Western District of Pennsylvania for pretrial proceedings as part of a MDL, or multidistrict litigation. The cases are centralized before U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti, who is also overseeing a MDL established for the growing number of Philips CPAP lawsuits filed over injuries and exposure to the toxic sound abatement foam.

14 Comments

  • jonathanAugust 4, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    SoClean 2 CPAP cleaning device i got so clean cpap mashine I definitely want to be included in a class action lawsuit! i used it to clean my cpap mashine i woke up next morning white as sheet of papper it took my air away i thank it made thangs worse my thought is mest up choking gaging worse then it used to been my head hurts when its running it blows oxygen through the air

  • HughAugust 3, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I bought a So Clean Machine about 3 or 4 years ago and did not know it was causing damage to my ResMed C-Pap Machine until last week when I purchased a new C-Pap Machine. I was told if I used my So Clean Machine that it would void the warranty and I would pay the company $1200.00. I do not appreciate Respracare who is now Family Medical Supply not contacting me about this, not to mention I paid $[Show More]I bought a So Clean Machine about 3 or 4 years ago and did not know it was causing damage to my ResMed C-Pap Machine until last week when I purchased a new C-Pap Machine. I was told if I used my So Clean Machine that it would void the warranty and I would pay the company $1200.00. I do not appreciate Respracare who is now Family Medical Supply not contacting me about this, not to mention I paid $300.00 out of pocket for it, but they can contact us often about reordering supplies.

  • jonathanAugust 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    SoClean 2 CPAP cleaning device i got so clean cpap mashine I definitely want to be included in a class action lawsuit! i used it to clean my cpap mashine i woke up next morning white as sheet of papper it took my air away i thank it made thangs worse my thought is mest up choking gaging worse then it used to been my head hurts when its running it blows oxygen through the air

  • JuliaJuly 31, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    I have a SoClean and I Think that it has caused both my husband and My health problems.

  • KarenJuly 29, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    I started using SoClean2 December of 2021, I always said it has a weird sickening smell but was told it was fine. Not I heard that is I used it with my Resmed machine my warranty is voided. My machine is making loud noises when I sleep. I world like to be included in the law suit also. Hopefully recoup for the very expensive SoClean 2 and to replace the machine I’m currently using that is making [Show More]I started using SoClean2 December of 2021, I always said it has a weird sickening smell but was told it was fine. Not I heard that is I used it with my Resmed machine my warranty is voided. My machine is making loud noises when I sleep. I world like to be included in the law suit also. Hopefully recoup for the very expensive SoClean 2 and to replace the machine I’m currently using that is making so much noise because of using the SoClean2

  • MartinJuly 28, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Worried about the ozone that permeates the room during the cycle and stays in the Climaline tubing and mask for days afterwards.

  • Ruby LisaJuly 25, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I used the SoClean machine and paid good money for it. It caused my CPAP machine to be recalled. Causing potential damage to my lungs and risk of cancer. I would like to join the class action suit against the manufacturers if SoClean. They should be hel accountable for false advertising.

  • CliffordJuly 25, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I have used a So Clean for over a year and now have a constant cough.

  • JaneanJuly 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

    I have two homes so I have 2 SoCleans. I definitely want to be included in a class action lawsuit!

  • FredJuly 21, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Want to be part of lawsuit

  • WilliamJuly 19, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Just found out about this danger. Purchased new cleaner, would like to get some money back for t6his one I have!

  • LeslieJuly 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I have been using the SoClean machine since I started using my CPAP. I paid top dollar for it and was told and retold it was completely safe to clean my CPAP machine with. That was somewhere around 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve questioned what the odor is coming off do the machine when the cleaning cycle is finished and the odor which I’m actually breathing in when I use my CPAP. I was told [Show More]I have been using the SoClean machine since I started using my CPAP. I paid top dollar for it and was told and retold it was completely safe to clean my CPAP machine with. That was somewhere around 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve questioned what the odor is coming off do the machine when the cleaning cycle is finished and the odor which I’m actually breathing in when I use my CPAP. I was told it was just “off-gasing” and not to worry. I didn’t t quite accept that and started running my CPAP for at least 10 minutes before I would wear it. I use my CPAP every night without fail and use the SoClean very often and I’ve been questioning why my health is continuously getting worse. I have developed a chronic, mostly dry cough for several years now and chronic sinusitis. My daughter keeps asking me why I’m not seeing my doctor about my wheezing. I wake up every morning with a bad headache, which, thank heaven, doesn’t last super long. Along with some other medical issues, I’ve basically stopped going out day or night and I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to be a normal human being! I would like to believe that there is an answer to my situation.

  • LeslieJuly 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I have been using the SoClean machine since I started using my CPAP. I paid top dollar for it and was told and retold it was completely safe to clean my CPAP machine with. That was somewhere around 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve questioned what the odor is coming off do the machine when the cleaning cycle is finished and the odor which I’m actually breathing in when I use my CPAP. I was told [Show More]I have been using the SoClean machine since I started using my CPAP. I paid top dollar for it and was told and retold it was completely safe to clean my CPAP machine with. That was somewhere around 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve questioned what the odor is coming off do the machine when the cleaning cycle is finished and the odor which I’m actually breathing in when I use my CPAP. I was told it was just “off-gasing” and not to worry. I didn’t t quite accept that and started running my CPAP for at least 10 minutes before I would wear it. I use my CPAP every night without fail and use the SoClean very often and I’ve been questioning why my health is continuously getting worse. I have developed a chronic, mostly dry cough for several years now and chronic sinusitis. My daughter keeps asking me why I’m not seeing my doctor about my wheezing. I wake up every morning with a bad headache, which, thank heaven, doesn’t last super long. Along with some other medical issues, I’ve basically stopped going out day or night and I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to be a normal human being! I would like to believe that there is an answer to my situation.

  • LEOJuly 15, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    NEED HELP OF GETTING CLASS ACTION SUIT TO SOCLEAN COMPANY.

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