After Target received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking or igniting, including two reports of consumer finger burns, the company decided to recall 90,000 USB charging cables used to charge iPhones and other electronics that use the Lightning connector.
The cables come from Chug Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and were manufactured in China. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to stop using the 3-foot long USB-Lightning cables immediately, saying the metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging.
Shoppers can return the cables to Target for a full refund or contact the retailer at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT daily. Target is recalling about 90,000 of the cords, which come in purple, green and iridescent blue colors. The word “heyday” is printed on the cable’s connector sand the model number 080 08 8261 is printed on the side of the product’s packaging. Target sold them from June 2018 through January 2019.