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90,000 USB charging cables that can shock or catch fire

90,000 USB charging cables that can shock or catch fire


90,000 USB charging cables that can shock or catch fire


Target is recalling $15 charging cables that can pose shock and fire hazards. 

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. 

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

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. You can also visit 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.

The recalled cables, which are used to charge iPhones and other electronics that use the Lightning connector, come in an iridescent purple, green and blue and have the word “heyday” printed on the cable’s connector. You can also identify them by model number 080 08 8261 printed on the side of the product’s packaging. 

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The cables come from Chug Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and were manufactured in China. Some 90,000 units were affected. Target sold them from June 2018 through January 2019.

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