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Crash Data Retrieval

What is Crash Data Retrieval?

Modern vehicles are equipped with event data recorders (EDR) that are a component of the safety system, normally a subcomponent of the airbag control module. These event data recorders record various information when a collision occurs. This information includes

Pre-crash vehicle data

Vehicle speed at start of crash

Change in velocity as result of crash

Crash severity

Seat belt status

Throttle position

Brake status

Ignition cycles

Airbag deployment data

Seat belt pretensioner data

Additional information may be available, including lateral acceleration, whether the vehicle rolled, where damage was detected, data on multiple impacts, status of cruise control, engine rpm, seat position, steering wheel angle, yaw rate, light status, door status, window status and more.

How Can this Data be Used?

The change in velocity is the biggest identifier of collision severity, as the level of deceleration can be determined from this. Excessive acceleration or deceleration is what causes injuries to us. If the EDR data shows that the rate of deceleration is small, then minor injuries can be expected. If high rates of deceleration are recorded, severe injuries would be expected. Knowing if the seat belts were used is also useful in identifying crash severity and establishing driver behavior. This information can verify legitimate claims, weed out fraudulent or exaggerated claims, and show the necessity of medical treatments for your client.

Crash data can also provide critical information for accident reconstruction, and determining and proving fault.

Obtaining crash data can help you increase your profits and services to your clients:

Establish causation and fault

Scientifically prove the severity of a collision

Show necessity of medical treatment based on crash severity

Qualify injuries with scientific data

Weed out fraudulent claims that will cost you time, money, and reputation

Shorten claim cycle time

Improved customer service and better settlements for you and your client

Insurance companies are using this technology already to minimize their payouts and deny fraudulent claims - maximize your profits by getting all of the available information

What you receive:

MASE will provide you with a full color report that will detail the data obtained from the EDR of the vehicle. Critical information such as maximum deceleration experienced and seat belt status will be listed, as well as all safety data downloaded from the vehicle. Analysis of the data will include graphs plotting velocity versus time, a general accident reconstruction based on the data available, and an assessment of the severity of the collision.

How is the Data Accessed?

Crash data is obtained connecting the Crash Data Retrieval Interface from Bosch to the air bag control module in the vehicle. This is accomplished through the port found underneath many vehicle dashboards, where mechanics download trouble codes. The data is also accessible directly from the Airbag Control Module (ACM) with the use of vehicle-specific cables. The interface is hooked to the computer, and power is supplied to the ACM circuit of the vehicle. Computer software images whatever data is available on the vehicle. This data is stored on the computer for future access. MASE personnel then interpret the crash data, based on training, engineering calculations, and crash data calculation

Why use MASE?

Mechanical and Safety Engineering (MASE) personnel have specific training and certification from Bosch approved training programs. This training ensures data is preserved, obtained, and interpreted correctly. MASE uses only licensed professional engineers to obtain and interpret crash data. We can also determine if there was a failure of the safety systems of the vehicle.

Which Vehicles Are Covered?

Crash data is available from many cars. Listed below are manufacturers that crash data can be obtained from (this is constantly changing - call us at (479) 549-4860 to see if your client's automobile is covered by our retrieval system):

Acura 2012 -

Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM) 2005 -

General Motors (Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Hummer, Saturn) 1994 -

Fiat 2012-

Ford (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury) 2001-

Honda 2012 -

Isuzu 1998 -

Lexus 2004 -

Mitsubishi 2007-2010

Nissan 2013 -

Saab 2005 -

Scion 2004 -

Sterling 2008 -

Suzuki 2007-2010

Toyota 2002 -

Vehicles are constantly being added to this list. Call to see if your client’s vehicle is covered

NHTSA 49 CFR Part 563

As of September 1, 2012 all vehicles manufactured and sold in North America must have crash data that is accessible by a commercially available tool. This means soon crash data will be obtainable from even more vehicles.


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