France probes Philips over recall - report

STORY: The Paris Prosecutor's Office has opened a preliminary investigation into Philips.

It’s over the company’s recall of respiratory devices.

That’s according to a report by French media outlet France Info on Thursday (September 8).

The Dutch medical device maker began a major international recall of ventilators and sleep apnea machines last year.

It was due to a foam part that might degrade and become toxic, and potentially cause cancer.

Philips is halfway through replacing around 5.5. million of the machines, mostly in the U.S.

It is currently in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice over a settlement.

France Info reported 370,000 devices were recalled in France and only a third of them have been replaced by Philips

Neither the Prosecutor’s Office nor Philips could immediately be reached for comment.