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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:57 pm

Target recalls USB charging cables

The Journal Gazette

Target Corp. of Minneapolis has recalled about 90,000 USB charging cables because of  shock and fire hazards during charging, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.

The metal around the cord of the heyday 3-Foot Lightning USB charging cables can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plus prongs while charging, the commission said in a statement.

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

It said consumers should immediately stop using the cables and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

The cables are used to charge cellphones and other electronics. 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 cables were sold at Target stores nationwide and online at www.target.com from June 2018 to January 2019 for about $15.

For more information, contact Target at 800-440-0680 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fort Wayne time daily or go to www.target.com and click on "recalls" at the bottom of the page, then on "electronics." On Facebook, click on the "product recalls" tab on Target's Facebook page.