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Powertrain Control Module Defects

The popularity of computers has reached the automotive industry, and now computer systems are used to control a wide range of basic functions in an automobile. One of the most important computers in the vehicle is known as the powertrain control module, or PCM. This computer is responsible for engine controls and transmission, making it an integral part of basic vehicle operations.

If a car manufacturer installs a defective PCM on your vehicle, or if a technician working on one of these computers does not properly handle the device during installation or repairs, the results can prove dangerous for you and your passengers. To discuss your legal options, contact the Waukesha auto defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.

Causes of Faulty PCMs

Powertrain control modules are very important for the basic functioning of an automobile. The sensors attached to the PCMs feed critical information to a computer that determines how to best run the engine and transmission. A PCM malfunction can cause problems with the functioning of these crucial parts.

Although these computers can be effective due to faulty design or manufacturing, PCMs also commonly malfunction due to auto technician errors. Technicians can cause serious malfunctions with a PCM if they make the following mistakes:

  • Not clearing the computer of corrosion
  • Using the wrong mounting for the PCM
  • Not connecting the PCM computer to the vehicle’s other modules
  • Touching the connector pins

These mistakes can cost a motorist the proper use of their engine and transmission, which may leave them without the ability to safely control their vehicle.

Contact Us

If you have been injured because of an auto technician’s negligent behavior, there may be legal action available. For more information regarding your rights and options as an injured individual, contact the Waukesha auto defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.

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