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Engine Control Unit Malfunctions

An engine control unit, or ECU, is a computer that is dedicated to controlling the major functions of an engine in an automobile. These computers are crucial to the safety of a motorist in a vehicle. If a computer in the engine fails or malfunctions, the driver may no longer have full control of the vehicle and dangerous collisions may become unavoidable.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a malfunctioning engine control unit, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent automaker. To discuss your options with an experienced legal advisor, contact the car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874.

ECU Problems

The engine control unit was included in vehicles as a result of emissions laws that required automobiles to more carefully measure their emissions. An ECU constantly monitors the inputs and functions of an engine, only using certain functions when it is most efficient to do so. When these systems malfunction, serious problems can arise. The following are some concerns associated with ECU malfunctions:

  • Fuel injection errors
  • Spark timing problems
  • Engine light malfunction
  • Cooling fan malfunctions
  • Incorrect information on the dashboard

If an engine system does not work properly, the engine will either malfunction or shut down altogether. This can lead to a loss of power throughout the vehicle, leaving motorists without control over their vehicle.

Contact Us

If you have been injured because of a defective engine computer, there may be legal action available for you. To learn more about your options, contact the Madison car defect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.


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