Taser International - "a highly reputable company"
Taser International - "...a highly reputable company..." That's a matter for debate...
The basic issue is that, in their marketing of tasers, they claim essentially perfect safety. The only risks that they highlight are secondary issues such as falling down or drowning in puddles. Their medical director writes articles about how the taser cannot possible affect the heart, how it has a "15-to-1" electrical safety margin, and how the risk of cardiac effect is "essentially zero". They claim the output is only "2mA average", and imply that this average measurement is somehow relevant.
In reality, tasers are not as safe as claimed, the X26 taser has a much lower cardiac safety margin than claimed, and the risk of death from direct effects (while low) is actually many orders of magnitude higher than they imply. They also claim legal victories that were actually settlements. The actual output from the X26 taser is about 150mA RMS, or about 30 to 50 mA 'Effective'. Taser International also promotes "excited delirium" as an explanation for the many taser associated deaths (their lawyer even registers websites).
For reference, I direct your attention to the following search topics:
1) The Braindwood Inquiry
2) Excited-Delirium blog
3) The taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry"
4) How many amps in a police taser?
There are MAJOR issues with the marketing of tasers.