Urgent recall for millions of Philips fans

Urgent recall for FANS that can suck toxic chemicals into the lungs and cause asthma, organ damage and cancer

  • Millions of fans worldwide have been recalled by electronics giant Phillips
  • Four ventilator models and ten sleep apnea models were in the recall
  • Foam used to dampen sound can enter the respiratory tract and cause cancer

An urgent recall has been issued for about four million ventilators and sleep apnea machines that can suck toxic particles into organs and cause cancer.

Respiratory devices from Dutch electronics giant Phillips were recalled worldwide on Monday, including 14 devices sold in Australia.

Ventilators included in the recall are the Trilogy 100, Trilogy 200 and BiPAP A30/A40.

Ventilators included in the recall are the Trilogy 100, Trilogy 200 and BiPAP A30/A40 (shown)

An additional ten CPAP machines that treat sleep apnea have been recalled for the same reason, including the DreamStation ASV, DreamStation ST, AVAPS, SystemOne ASV4, C-Series ASV, C-Series S/T and AVAPS, OmniLab Advanced+, SystemOne (Q- Series), DreamStation and the DreamStation Go.

The recall said foam used to dampen the machine’s noise could deteriorate and enter the airways, posing a risk of cancer.

Possible side effects of foam breakdown include inflammation of the skin, eyes and airways, headaches, asthma and adverse effects on the kidneys and liver, and toxic carcinogenic effects.

Phillips will write to affected consumers and attempt to repair the devices, telling them to register their products with the support website.

Another ten CPAP machines that treat sleep apnea have been recalled for the same reason, including the DreamStation ASV, DreamStation ST, AVAPS (pictured)

Another ten CPAP machines that treat sleep apnea have been recalled for the same reason, including the DreamStation ASV, DreamStation ST, AVAPS (pictured)

The company has also urged customers not to stop using ventilators if it is essential for medical treatment, and suggested they meet with a doctor to discuss possible alternatives.

Philips CEO Frans van Houten told Reuters that the company is one of the largest makers of sleep apnea machines and ventilators, and that 3 million to 4 million were the target of the global recall.

“We are going to use all our capacity to fully focus on replacing and repairing these units,” said Van Houten, a process he said would likely take a year.

RETIRED PHILLIPS FANS

Philips Respironics – Select ventilators

Manufactured before April 26, 2021

Trilogy 100, Trilogy 200 and BiPAP A30/A40 Series Device Models

Product codes: 1076581, 1076582, 1076583, 1111145, 1111171, AU1054096

Philips Respironics – Select CPAP and Bi-Level PAP Devices

Manufactured before April 26, 2021

E30 (Emergency Use Authorization), DreamStation ASV, DreamStation ST AVAPS, SystemOne ASV4, C-Series ASV, C-Series S/T and AVAPS, OmniLab Advanced+, SystemOne (Q-Series), DreamStation, DreamStation Go

Product codes: 133792, 209934, 235674, 257012, 257013, 295664, 285420, 327227, 335508

It is important that you register your device as soon as possible on the support website www.philips.com/src-update

Philips will write to the affected consumers. Users and caregivers should review the information in the customer letter regarding continued use of affected devices.

For more information, please contact the Philips Support Hotline on 1800 009 579.

Source: Product Safety

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