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Target recalls USB charging cables

The metal around the cord can become electrically charged

Photo source: CPSC
Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 90,000 heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables.

The metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging, posing shock and fire hazards.

The firm has received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking or igniting, including two reports of consumer finger burns.

This recall includes the heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables that are used to charge cellphones and other electronics that use lightning connector charging cables.

The metal charging cable is purple, green and blue iridescent. The word “heyday” is printed on the cable’s connector.

The model number 080 08 8261 is printed on the side of the product’s packaging.

The charging cables, manufactured in China, were sold at Target stores nationwide and online at from June 2018, through January 2019, for about $15.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return the recalled cable to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CT) daily, online at and click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then on “Electronics” or click on the “Product Recalls” tab on Target’s Facebook page for more information.

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