Musical Shaker Instrument Recalled by Woodstock Percussion Due to Laceration and Choking Hazard

The handle can detach from the shaker, exposing a rough edge.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2011
Release #11-238
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 543-2848
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Musical Shaker Instrument Recalled by Woodstock Percussion Due to Laceration and Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Gripper Shaker musical instrument

Units: About 9,400 in the U.S. and 700 in Canada

Importer: Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, N.Y.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: The company received one report from a consumer that the handles on two Gripper Shakers detached. No injuries have been reported.

Description: 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.

Sold at: Mail-order catalogs, websites and retail stores nationwide between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Woodstock Percussion Inc. to receive a $7 refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Woodstock Percussion, Inc. toll free at (866) 543-2848 anytime, via email at safety@chimes.com, or visit the website at www.woodstockpercussion.net

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1343

Picture of recalled shaker; the handles can detach from the shaker, posing laceration and choking hazards by exposing rough edges and allowing access to small steel pellets and a plastic plug.

The handles can detach from the shaker, posing laceration and choking hazards by exposing rough edges and allowing access to small steel pellets and a plastic plug.

The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shaker

The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shaker