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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Taser International is advising police agencies across the nation not to shoot its stun guns at a suspect's chest.

The Arizona-based company says such action poses a risk - albeit extremely low - of an "adverse cardiac event."

The advisory was issued in an October 12 training bulletin. It marks the first time that Taser has suggested there is any risk of a cardiac arrest related to the use of its 50,000-volt stun guns.

Taser officials said Tuesday the bulletin does not state that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest.

They said the advisory means only that law-enforcement agencies can avoid controversy if their officers aim at areas other than the chest.

Critics called it a stunning reversal for the company.

The following is from Taser International

 

Preferred Target Areas in Blue
(Taser International)

The blue highlighted area in the target man represents the preferred target area.

There are three reasons:

1. Simplify targeting for all TASER systems to one easy to remember map, avoiding chest shots when possible and the risk of a head/eye shot in a dynamic situation, as is standard for impact munitions

2. When possible, avoiding chest shots with ECDs avoids
the controversy about whether ECDs do or do not affect the
human heart

3. Close-spread ECD discharges to the front of the body are more
effective when at least one probe is in the major muscles of the
pelvic triangle or thigh region

 

 

 

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