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An Ontario resident initiated a proposed national class action lawsuit alleging that Philips knew a certain positive airway pressure was dangerous but failed to inform customers.
The case filed by Sotos Class Actions alleges that Philips received reports of foam degradation years ago and that Philips should have advised that the products were potentially dangerous. However, Philips did not warn its customers until April this year and did not take steps to initiate a recall until June.
Devices that are being recalled include ventilators used in hospitals and CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea. The products should be used either continuously (ventilators) or every night (CPAP machines). Hundreds of thousands of recalled devices have been used in Canada.
Philips has not confirmed when these devices will be repaired or replaced. Whether it’s for repair or replacement, users have the choice of continuing to use the machines despite the risk to their health, leaving their serious health problems untreated, or buying expensive new machines if they have one.
The lawsuit seeks $ 1 billion in damages and punitive damages of $ 250 million.
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