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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,042 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #37

Aug 162014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 84,687 miles


Passenger side dash, leather is lifting away from dash, right under the air bag cover. Dealer said I have to replace complete dash for $1500 I did not repair.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #36

Aug 182014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bag readiness light on the instrument panel started coming on and going off. After a week it started staying on after starting up the car and it does not go off. Next the seat belt light stays on after you have locked in your seatbelt on the drivers side and no one is in the passenger seat.

- Pembroke, NC, USA

problem #35

Aug 012014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2008 Ford Fusion purchased from car max. Lip of dash that surrounds the front of the air bag cover has peeled outward and appears ready the blow. Surely this is an oversight or project design failure from Ford.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #34

Aug 012013


  • 85,000 miles


The dashboard right by the passenger airbag is warping. The Ford dealer wants $1000 to replace it on a car that is 6 years old when it should not be warping already. I believe this is a safety concern to airbag potentially not deploying correctly.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 242014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Fusion with the passenger side air bag dash failing to adhere to the dash panel, the foam on the airbag is visible, my Ford dealer has told me that they won't deal with it due to safety and regulations- now what"! wait for it to explode and kill someone????"!!!!!!

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #32

Jun 022014


  • 40,900 miles
The front dash airbag on the passenger side is bulging - the glue is not holding the cover over the airbag in its place. The dash is bulging here. Very ugly and I fear more damage or deployment of airbag.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #31

Jun 022014


  • 44,470 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the seal around the passenger air bag was coming unglued causing the air bag to bulge out of the dash board. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 44,470.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #30

Jun 162014


  • 86,000 miles
Dash board is curling up around the passenger side air bag.the front window defrost vent is coming out of the dash board. We have had the door handles break in half replaced.this is a safety issue the dash could come apart at any time or the passenger air bag could go off? w/ the front window vent out of the cut out in the dash this part on the driver side up could pop up and cause the window to break.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #29

Mar 022014


  • miles
Where my dashboard airbag is on the passengers side is it is bulging(seeing foam currently).

- West Townsend, MA, USA

problem #28

May 202014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, another vehicle crashed into the left side of the vehicle as a result the vehicle spun out and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to a hospital where she sustained internal bleeding injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Hudson, NC, USA

problem #27

Jun 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles


I am the original purchaser of a 2008 for Fusion. The dashboard around the passenger side airbag has been peeling up and presenting possible airbag malfunction risks/aesthetics problem for around a year now. I have taken it to the dealership I purchased it at and been told it is not covered under the extended warranty I have, no action was taken to repair the defect.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #26

Apr 012014


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the air bag was exposed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the vehicle was exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #25

Mar 202014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
My 2008 Ford Fusion purchased brand new also has the bulging dashboard on the front passenger side. It not only looks bad but who knows if the air bag will even deploy in a front end crash?

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #24

Jul 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Dashboard warped over passenger side airbag partially blocking airbag cover. Fear it might affect airbag deployment on passenger side.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #23

Oct 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
2008 Ford Fusion sel AWD: The dashboard cover is peeling up in front of the passenger side airbag. This has the potential to be a serious safety problem and is continuing to get worse as time passes. The vinyl cover appears to be delaminating from the foam rubber beneath it and could interfere with the proper deployment of the passenger side airbag in the event of a crash.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #22

Apr 042013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Buckling, distortion and or warping of dash panel in front of passenger airbag aperture. There is concern that this distortion will negatively impact airbag deployment causing injury to right front seat occupant. This seems inherent in most of this model. Will also reduce resale valve. I believe this issue is a defect in material or workmanship and should be covered by a safety recall.

- Bordentown, NJ, USA

problem #21

Nov 022009


  • 30,000 miles
My 2008 Ford Fusion purchased brand new also has the bulging dashboard on the front passenger side. It not only looks bad but who knows if the air bag will even deploy in a front end crash? I have also has catalytic converter replaced and today I need a new output speed sensor to the tune of another $500 in repairs. Car now has 130K mi.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 012013


  • 95,000 miles
I am the original buyer of a 2008 Ford Fusion SE - which I purchased in 2008 - it now appears that there is a bulging near the passenger air bag area on my car's dashboard. This appears to be a manufacturing defect since the car has never been in any type of accident. Ford refuses to fix since car is no longer under warranty. I looked on line at it appears many other Ford Fusion owners are experiencing the same issue with the bulging dashboard. I am afraid this could lead to a deployment of the airbag. Ford will have dashboard fixed for over $1,200 at my cost. How is this fair that I must pay for a manufacturing issue the Ford corporation created. Can you assist in any manner.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #19

Sep 172013


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph and approaching a traffic stop, another vehicle suddenly crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The contact's vehicle was pushed forward and into the preceding vehicle with excessive force. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact and front seat passenger sustained bruises to the body. The grill, hood and entire front end of the vehicle were severely damaged. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000. The VIN was not available.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #18

Jun 012013


  • 60,000 miles
Dash board around passenger air bag bubbling out, lifting up, air bag light stays on in car. Worried air bag might deploy when it's not suppose to or not deploy when I need it to.

- Savona , NY, USA

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