Target is recalling about 90,000 USB charging cables, after receiving 14 reports of the product smoking, sparking or igniting, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which also noted that two consumers complained of finger burns.
The Chinese-made cables include the 3-foot Heyday Lightning USB cables used to charge cell phones and other electronics. These cables are purple, green and iridescent blue. Look for model no. 080 08 8261 on the packaging of this faulty product.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises people to immediately cease use of these cables and return them to any Target store for a full refund.
The problem cords were sold from June 2018 through January 2019 for about $15 apiece.
Peter Passi covers Duluth city government and community issues. A graduate of Carleton College, he has worked as a reporter for more than 30 years and joined the Duluth News Tribune newsroom in 2000.