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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,536 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 1 of 2)

problem #25

Mar 202014


  • 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


  • 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

problem #17

Mar 042011

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Dash around passenger air bag bubbling and popping out.

- Greencastle, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Passenger side airbag compartment on the dashboard is bulking at any given time the air bag may deploy.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 062010

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Dash is peeling, I know for a fact, there are many other cars have the same issue. Suppose, Ford used some bad glue from Mexico. Replacement is to replace the whole air bag?

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 720,150 miles
I noticed the dash board around the airbag is separating about 2 months ago I tried to push the seam back down but it still puckers. Yesterday I tried to start my car and there was a continuous clicking sound coming from the dashboard and the security lock light and airbag light were flashing very fast. I just parked the car about 1 hour before and there was no problems until I came back to start it. I tried for about 1 hour but could not get it started. I have noticed there are a lot of complaints on this car and the same issues. This does seem like a recall issue. I wanted to support american made products from one of the oldest american auto makers. I am hoping you can fix this issue because I need to get the work and this is my only transportation. I live in an area where there is no public transportation. Thanking you in advance.

- Lake City, SC, USA

problem #13

May 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have seen many complaints about the dash popping up around the passenger airbag. I have been having the same problem. What I want to know is why nothing is being done about it? my car is a 2008 I've had it for 8 months and about a month ago this starting happening. This is a manufacturers defect not wear & tear.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

May 202013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 61,600 miles
I've recently noticed my passenger air bag cover is starting to separate from it's adhesive. This is an alarming safety issue for me as well as any passenger that maybe sitting in the front seat. My vehicle is a 2008 Ford Fusion. When I purchased the car there were noticeable issue. My concern is if on the off chance there is an accident will be passenger be safe and will front passenger air bag to deploy.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Apr 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I had noticed a few weeks ago my passenger air bag cover is starting to separate from it's adhesive. This is a major safety issue for me and any passenger that sit in the front seat. This has got worse over time and I purchased the vehicle roughly a little under a year ago. At that time the car was not in that condition. No one sits with their feet on the dash and I have a visor. I could be hit at a slow speed which would not warrant my bags to deploy but could, and this would cause my other front air bag to deploy as well. There are tons of complaints about the air bags not being deployed when it should. There are a few complaints about it separating. The manufacture should step in. Car is barely 5 years old with me being the 3rd owner. Issue should not be happening.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #10

Apr 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Pass airbag coming out of dash.

- Rockville, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 042013


  • 38,000 miles
We have had some colder than usual days and when I start my car, the air bag light stays on. Once I get to my destination and shut the engine off and restart it, the light goes off.

- Thomasville, PA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 172012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the cover for the passenger side air bag started to bubble and detach from the vehicle. The failure had not caused the air bag warning light to illuminate. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the failure was common and that the cover could be re-glued, but there was no guarantee that the solution would permanently correct the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 34,000. Updated 08-07-12 the consumer stated Ford wanted to charge $1500 to re-glue the cover to the air bag. Updated 08/09/12

- Niota, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 092012


  • 30,000 miles
I waited at the light until it turned green light/green arrow and proceeded to turn left. Another driver ran that red light and struck me on the driver side front left wheel area. Neither airbags deployed! not the side or front airbag!!! I sustained multiple injuries including fractured clavicle and bruised shoulder, neck, and side. And large bump on back of my head. No airbags deployed!!!!! I'm starting an investigation...

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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