Products Liability Law Daily Target recalls tens of thousands of USB charging cables for shock and fire hazards
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Target recalls tens of thousands of USB charging cables for shock and fire hazards

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Metal surrounding the cord can become electrically charged.

Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has recalled around 20,000 heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables because 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 (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-129, May 29, 2019).

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

Product description. This recall involves heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables. The cables are used to charge cell phones 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.

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

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

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Target at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT daily, or 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.

Companies: Target Corp.

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