Target is recalling certain USB charging cables over burn hazard concerns.
Earlier this week, Target issued a recall of certain $15 charging cables over concerns they may pose shock and fire hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumers who own the recalled chargers should immediately stop using the “3-foot long USB-Lightning cables” because the “metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging.” So far, Target has received 14 consumer reports of the cables sparking, smoking, or igniting. There have even been reports of some consumers suffering finger burns.
The recalled charging cables are used to charge cell phones and other “electronics that use the Lightning connector.” They were available in green, purple, and blue and “have the word ‘heyday’ printed on the cable’s connector.” Additionally, the recalled charges have the following model number printed on the side of the packaging: 080 08 8261.
For now, the charging cables can be returned to Target stores for a full refund. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the retailer at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT daily or visit www.target.com.