really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,399 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #43

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 #42

Sep 082014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
Drivers side air bag indicator came on and has mostly stayed on the entire time.

- Richalnd, IN, USA

problem #41

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 #40

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 #39

Aug 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated and the front passenger side panel was swelling from the airbag pressure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #38

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 #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

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