Target is recalling around 90,000 Lightning cables over concerns they could cause fires or electric shocks.
The “heyday” branded cables, which feature a nylon braided cable and metal connectors, “can become electrically charged,” according to a recall notice.
Target has so far received 14 reports of the cables “smoking, sparking or igniting.”
Apple’s own Lightning cables are more expensive than they really should be, so most iPhone and iPad users look for cheaper third-party options when they need a replacement.
Some of those are very good, but others can be dangerous. The heyday cables Target was selling for $15 from June 2018 through January 2019 are an accident waiting to happen.
Stop using heyday cables immediately
The 3-foot cables are notable for their design, which features a purple, green, and blue iridescent finish. They also have the word “heyday” priced on their connectors.
If you own one, you should “immediately stop using the product and return the recalled cable to any Target store for a full refund,” Target says. Around 90,000 have been sold to date.
The cables were sold in Target stores and online at Target.com.
At least two users have suffered finger burns after using the cable, the recall notice warns. So no matter how low your iPhone battery is, even if it’s your only Lightning cable, don’t use it.