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2008 Ford Fusion Safety

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Nearly every review we read noted the lack of stability control on the 2008 Ford Fusion. Ford updated the Fusion in 2007 with plenty of new standard features like side curtain airbags. But it's the glaring omission from the Fusion's safety features list that caused most reviewers to pause before recommending the Fusion.

Edmunds said that stability control isn't available on the Fusion, "unlike with most competitors," a strike against Ford. Cars.com explained why it's such a good idea to have it. Stability control helps keep a vehicle from spinning out of control, and while it "isn't as necessary as it might be in an SUV," they wrote, the fact it's standard on the Camry, Accord and Altima "makes the Fusion's omission less acceptable."

Even so, the 2008 Ford Fusion has every other imaginable piece of safety gear, including anti-lock brakes, side curtain and side airbags, as well as dual front airbags. The crash performance for the sedan is also quite strong -  it earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Top Pick," also scored five-star safety in government tests for front, side and rear impacts. So while it's missing one feature, the Fusion still is a safe vehicle by almost all measures.

The lack of stability control gives reviewers pause, but the 2008 Ford Fusion still has five-star safety, like many other Ford cars.

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