• The recall involves the HEROISK and TALRIKA bowls, plates, and mugs
  • IKEA said it received 123 reports of its products breaking worldwide
  • Customers who have the recalled items are advised to return them for a refund

IKEA is recalling 148,000 of its mugs, plates, and bowls made of renewable plastic that can become "brittle and break", causing hot food items or liquid to leak out, posing a burn hazard.

The retailing giant said it has received 123 reports of its products breaking worldwide. Four of the reports included injuries, two of which needed medical attention.

The recall affects the HEROISK and TALRIKA bowls, mugs, and plates that were sold nationwide and online from August 2019 to May 2021, the announcement at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website noted.

"Most of the injuries were burns due to hot contents leaking out," the CPSC said, adding: "This includes one incident, without injury, in the United States."

Those who have the recalled products are being advised to stop using them and to take them back to IKEA to get a full refund without the need for proof of purchase, the company said.

The recalled items were made from renewable PLA (Polylactic acid or polylactide) plastic and came in various colors. The article name, supplier number “23348,” “Made in Taiwan” and “PLA” are mentioned at the bottom of each product. The HEROISK items were sold in packs of two, while the TALRIKA products were sold in packs of four.

"We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation," IKEA said. "For more information, please contact us at 888-966-4532."

Scald burns at home

Most scald burns happen at home when preparing or serving hot food or drinks, the American Burn Association said. Another way people often get scald burns at home is via hot tap water in the shower or bathtub.

"Although cooking-related scalds may cover a smaller surface area than tap water scalds, they are often deeper because of higher temperatures and, in the case of many foods, a thicker texture, which may stick to the skin longer," the organization said.

It added that though anyone can get scald burns, older adults, those with disabilities, and young children are more likely to get such injuries, so it's important for them to take precautions.

The logo of IKEA is pictured at the Europe's biggest Ikea store in Kungens Kurva, south-west of Stockholm on March 30, 2016. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images