The terminal may come into contact with the metal cover, which can result in an electrical short that may blow the ima fuse. A blown fuse will cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
On certain passenger vehicles, certain parts of the integrated motor assist (ima) system are located under a metal cover behind the rear seat-back. Over time the weight of rear seat passengers may cause the metal cover to come into contact with a rubber cap covering an electrical terminal. The rubber cap may get pinched, exposing the electrical terminal.