Can you tell if an air bag has deployed?


Sorry for the many questions recently.

We are interested in a car that has an accident listed on the Carfax report. There are no details, just "car hit another motor vehicle" or something like that. Is there a way we can tell how serious the crash was, whether or not airbags deployed, that sort of thing?

It's being sold by a dealer and I don't know that they'll know the details on the crash, although we can certainly ask, but even then I don't know how to tell if they're being 100% honest...


CPST Instructor
I *think* there should be stored data in the PCM or BCM that would be able to tell you. I'm pretty sure those are hard-set history codes that don't get cleared that an advanced scan tool would be able to tell you. Do you have a local shop that you trust? They should have the technology to be able to tell you, and it's always a good idea to have independent eyes go through the vehicle.

You can also request the repair order from the body shop where the repairs were done if that information is available.


New member
Request the repair order. If that dealership wasn't the one that did the work, then ask them to track down the info from whatever body shop did do it.

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