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1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,808 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 112016

Fusion

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the front passenger side of the dashboard bubbled. The dealer was notified of the failure, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V384000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 172016

Fusion

  • 580,000 miles
I had unlocked my door via the automatic lock switch to exit the vehicle. I went to pull the indoor driver's side latch to exit when the automatic locks began locking and unlocking on their own, so I disengaged the latch. The latch then broke/popped out without me touching it. I can no longer exit out of the driver's side door without rolling down the automatic windows and opening the door from the outside handle. My vehicle was turned off with the keys out of the ignition when this took place.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #17

Oct 052016

Fusion

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag was protruding from the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Redford Charter Twp, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 012016

Fusion

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver door handle will not open from inside. Must roll down power window requires ignition on or engine running to open door from outside door handle. Driver door will not lock. (no security or theft protection) egress from car impossible from inside driver side. Exit via passenger door blocked by center console. Loss of ignition leaves driver straanded inside vehicle.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #15

Jun 012015

Fusion

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dash board around the defroster and the front passenger side air bag was detached. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 092012

Fusion

  • miles
The driver side door latch broke in half - door will not lock and it is not possible to open door from inside. The cost to fix is over $300 and it was made to look like metal but it is made of plastic that must have a weak point. The same thing happened in the rear passenger door.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 222015

Fusion

  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver's interior door latch broke. This is a common problem on this car from my research. This is also a safety issue. The only way out of the car is by lowering the window and opening the door from the outside. In the event of an emergency, this may not be feasible. The 2013 Fusion has the same problem and this was a recall. Why not on the earlier Fusion. Repairs cost owners over $300.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #12

Aug 082015

Fusion

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dashboard was defective and separated at the front passenger side air bag area. The passenger side air bag warning light illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer stated that the front passenger side air bag warning light illumination was normal while the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #11

May 022011

Fusion

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dashboard had a bubble effect on the passenger side of the vehicle. The contact was concerned that the air bag could deploy. In addition, the brake pedal remained pressed to the floorboard when the vehicle was started. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Winnsboro, SC, USA

problem #10

May 272015

Fusion

  • 52,750 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact observed that the dashboard was lifted around the passenger side air bag. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,750.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 152014

Fusion

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dashboard fractured near the air bag area. In addition, the air bag warning light illuminated during the summer and turned off during cold weather conditions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Ft Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 222014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Driver's door on left side of vehicle, door lock and unlock latch broke, rendering door inoperative, can only enter and exit vehicle by using outside door latch (roll down window, reach your arm out, pull latch to open, roll window back up and exit vehicle, but will not lock) and door will no longer lock, remains unlocked at all times, part number 6E5Z5422601A is the faulty part plastic breaks jamming the unlock latch from moving. The chrome plastic of the handle is nice, but clearly a metal composition should have been used in the design instead of plastic, after researching on the web appears to be several consumers with the same issue. Part prices range from $70 - $192 depending on the seller / business, such and issue that even the chinese are making money by manufacturing the part. Safety concerns are exiting the vehicle in an accident, the driver is trapped, have not seen anything on web of accident deaths due to fault, but I'm sure it's coming.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #7

Aug 132013

Fusion

  • 83,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dashboard was puckering in the area of the front passenger's side air bag. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,500.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 052013

Fusion

  • 45,000 miles
Front interior door handle does not work. In event of emergency the drive would not be able to exit the vehicle.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 312013

Fusion

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated the dashboard popped up and separated from the air bag. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that is was a manufacturer's defect. The dealer stated that the dashboard would have to be replaced. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the dashboard was not under warranty or recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 44,000.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162011

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side door handles failed. Two years later, the failure recurred. The failure prevented the contact from exiting the vehicle. The contact had to open the window to climb out of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 134,000.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
For no apparent reason, the hood latch opens. The first time it was noticed on the expressway, it can unlatch on a secondary road, most recently it was noticed by a neighbor after the car had been parked for several hours. The safety catch always catches it so it hasn't been a major problem yet, but I don't like pulling over on the side of the freeway. This has been happening more frequently. The safety catch prevents this from being a major problem, but it could potentially be a serious issue for someone whose safety latch did not hold.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 132012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 34,310 miles
Noticed passenger dash upholstery, in front of passenger air bag was buckled, and popping up. Two different Ford service managers advised that this was a manufacturing defect and that the air bag might not deploy properly due to the dash protruding. They both took photos and Ford refused to address because my vehicle is out of warranty, by years. I only have approx. 34,000 miles. I feel that this is also a safety defect, if my air bag operation might be affected. I was advised that the entire dash needs to be replaced and it is approx a $1,000 repair.

- Laguna Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

May 232012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that as he entered the vehicle, he noticed that there was a crack on the dashboard near the front passenger air bag. The contact stated that the airbag was seeping through the dashboard and the contact was fearful that the air bag could possibly deploy while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they informed him that the failure was caused by the exposure to heat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that there was nothing they could do about the failure. The failure mileage was 63,800. Updated 08/14/12

- Macon, GA, USA

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