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New Daimler Truck North America initiative to help fight CPC4 module theft

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Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) has launched a company initiative to fight the theft of common powertrain controller (CPC4) modules from its vehicles.

Reported thefts of CPC4 modules from parked trucks have been on the rise, with thieves seeking reprogramming and reinstallation on other trucks. In one theft in April, modules were reported stolen from 24 trucks waiting to be sold at an auction yard in Pennsylvania. A large number of other thefts have occurred at dealerships and customer terminals. Vehicles cannot operate without a CPC4, which controls various engine and powertrain functions.

In response, DTNA has instituted the following anti-theft measures: 

  • Asking all customers and dealers to report stolen CPCs to both local law enforcement and DTNA. 
  • Recommending all dealerships, customers, and repair facilities cross-reference vehicle identification numbers from CPC4s brought in for installation against the company's database of CPC4s to ensure the CPC4 hasn't been stolen or illicitly sold. 
  • Providing tracking capability through DTNA Service Systems to detect any stolen CPC4 attempting to be installed on a different VIN.
  • Asking any dealership or repair facility with a CPC4 confirmed stolen to report it to both their local police agency and DTNA.
  • Recommending all fleets and customers password-protect their CPC4s. 

DTNA is further collaborating with U.S. local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of CPC4 theft. The company will additionally evaluate and pursue as necessary civil actions for software infringement against those involved in CPC4 theft and mismanagement.

"The theft of CPC modules is a crime that threatens the livelihood of customers and disrupts our dealers' operations," said Paul Romanaggi, chief customer experience officer at Daimler Truck North America. "Daimler Truck North America is committed to doing everything in its power to protect our customers and dealers from this crime, and will support prosecution of anyone found in participating in these thefts."

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