In December, the RCMP said initial results of its own tests, carried out by an independent lab, showed all 30 tasers pulled randomly from service for scrutiny were within the manufacturer's specifications. This week the police force issued an update that said two of the stun guns tested "were found to be outside" Taser International's 2005 testing protocol standard for open circuit voltage. [LINK]
CBC's testing found 4 of 41 out of spec (~9.7%).
RCMP now admits 2 of 30 out of spec (~6.7%).
Pretty good agreement for a low number of samples. Smells like it is at least indicative.
Has Taser International achieved any of the fundamental Quality certifications that are so common in the world of manufacturing?
Anything? Anything at all?
Maybe the police procurement folks should cut-and-paste the usual QA requirements onto their next P.O. heading to Taser's distributor.
In fact, if they neglect to do so, and someone is killed by a defective taser, then some of the liability might very possibly land on their desk for failing to impose the the most basic procurement QA safeguards for what might be a potentially dangerous product.
Do want the plaintiff's lawyer asking you why you didn't impose the normal QA requirements?
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