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DTNA aims to combat CPC module thefts

May 24, 2022
Daimler Truck North America is instituting several new measures to combat common powertrain controller theft.

Thefts of common powertrain controller (CPC4) modules from 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 CPC, which controls various engine and powertrain functions.

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In response, Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) has instituted the following anti-theft measures:

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

DTNA is collaborating with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of CPC theft. The company will evaluate and pursue as necessary civil actions for software infringement against those involved in CPC 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, DTNA. “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 participating in these thefts.”

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