hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,550 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Jul 142016


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated at least four times per week for the past six months. The contact also mentioned that the dashboard became unglued near the air bag area. The contact was informed that the failure had nothing to do with the air bag warning indicator. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Star, ID, USA

problem #33

Aug 092012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard has pulled up around passenger airbag. I am just getting around to reporting this, but I see many other complaints on this issue that should be something Ford recalls and fix due to a safety hazard. Bulged around airbag as well.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Right side dashboard lifted up where the airbag is located. I took it to Ford paso robles, ca they didn't have a solution to repair other then take it to an upholstery company maybe they could glue it down. Doesn't seem very safe - the airbag could get caught on it.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 202015


  • 79,000 miles


The dashboard had begun to slightly bulge and has now peeled away from the passenger side air bag. After researching online, this appears to be a very widespread issue, of which Ford has no remedy in place for except replacing the entire dash. For a car with relatively low miles over the course of ownership, this seems like an issue that should be corrected. I have no way of knowing how it may affect deployment of the air bag, and I'm not sure I want to find out.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #30

Jul 252013


  • miles
In the summer of 2013 I noticed that the passenger dash was coming undone (separating from the dash and sticking up) in front of the airbag of my 2008 Ford Fusion. The dash is now curled up so much that I fear that it may interfere with the deployment of the passenger airbag. At the time of this complaint, there are no known statements regarding the foam vinyl separating from the dash. I would like to know if any research has been conducted to ensure that this does not affect the deployment of the passenger airbag.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #29

Oct 012014


  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle has bulging dash board at the passenger side /airbag case and the airbag signal is always on. I noticed it around 3 months ago. I brought the vehicle at dana motors in staten island, was told no a recall on airbag and they do not fix bulging dash board..please help.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #28

Jun 012012


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the dashboard was separating from the front passenger side to the passenger side. The windshield liner separated and cracked, which also exposed foam. The contact also stated that the dashboard separated at the instrument panel lighting system control area, causing the light cover panel to fracture and expose the wires. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The dashboard was not replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Hartman , AR, USA

problem #27

Oct 152014


  • miles
Cracked dashboard that exposes the airbag. Power train coil on damage.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #26

May 012014


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the passenger side dashboard was cracked and exposing the airbag. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #25

Aug 132012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
A few years back I got into my 2008 Ford Fusion and I remember it being a very hot summer day. I looked over at my passenger side air bag/dash board area and part of the dash where the seam is, was sticking out. I was able to push it back in right away but now I can't. the dash above where the air bag is just always sticks out now. I figured since it was so hot that day that's why it happened. I still have never been able to get it fixed and it doesn't seem safe to me. I've looked on numerous websites and have read that many other people with the same car and year have had this issue.

- Omaha , NE, USA

problem #24

Feb 012014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 37,500 miles


The passenger side air bag, the dash that covers it is opening up. For a car this car that is from 2008 should not be happening. For the dash to becoming up like that to where you can see the air bag is really bad. What happens if the air bag goes off and gets suck on the tip of the open dash someone could get really hurt or even die. I did take it to the Ford company and they said that I would have to pay close to 1,000 dollars to get it fix and that it would not count as a recall. I have not got it fix and I am hoping that it does not get worse as time goes on.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 122014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 54,953 miles
Passenger side airbag dashboard has begun to separate at the airbag seam on the lower side and bubbled out, approximately 3-4 inches.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #22

Aug 152013


  • 60,000 miles
Glue holding vinyl around passenger airbag is bad. You can see the foam padding underneath. Dealer and local body shop will not fix. Will not purchase another vehicle that does not have one piece vinyl on dashboard.

- Brookings, SD, USA

problem #21

Jun 302014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the passenger's side dashboard was separating which could possibly expose the air bag. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Aug 012014


  • 70,000 miles
I cannot exit the vehicle driver's side using the inside door handle. I have to roll the window down and then open the door with the outside handle. This problem has occurred on its own. There was no accident or anything like that. It just stopped working one day. I have been on line and other Fusion owners are experiencing the same problem and have contacted Ford as I have and Ford won't do anything about it. I feel that this is a serious problem in that, if I were in an accident, and the battery cable got cut so there was no power to the vehicle, I would have to climb over the center counsel to exit the vehicle through the passenger door if it didn't become inoperable in the accident. I would assume that this problem could also occur with the passenger door as well so I'm not feeling all that safe at the moment. I'm going to spend the money to get it repaired, but in today's economy, some people couldn't afford that.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #18

Jul 092014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the passenger's side dashboard material was bulging where the air bag was located. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer or an independent mechanic and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Plymouth , MI, USA

problem #17

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 #16

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 #15

Mar 022014


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

- West Townsend, MA, USA

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