Shaker Musical Instruments Recalled

<"">Defective Gripper Shaker musical instruments are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced.

About 9,400 defective Gripper Shaker musical instruments are being recalled in the United States. Another 700 defective instruments are being recalled in Canada.

The recalled Gripper Shaker musical instruments were manufactured in China; imported by Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, New York; and sold via mail-order catalogs, websites, and retail stores nationwide between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5.

The handle can detach from the shaker, exposing a rough edge and posing a laceration hazard. The detached handle also exposes small steel pellets and a plastic plug, which pose choking hazards.

To date, the company received one report from a consumer that the handles on two Gripper Shakers detached. No injuries have been reported.

The shakers are plastic musical instruments, 5.5 inches long, with rounded, egg-shaped tops containing steel pellets and open circular handles. They come in blue and green and are sold separately. The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shaker.

The agencies advise consumers to stop using the recalled Gripper Shaker musical instruments immediately and contact Woodstock Percussion Inc. to receive a $7 refund. Woodstock Percussion, Inc. can be reached, toll free, at 1.866.543.2848 anytime; via email at; or at the firm’s website at

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