Passenger airbag in rollover

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I am a police officer and a Fusion owner (since November, one of the first in Ottawa!). Yesterday 01July06, I investigated a rollover collision where a Fusion SEL (red, auto, leather, I-4) rolled 3 times in the ditch after hitting a large road sign. This was a rental out of Jersey (with Virginia plates) with just over 8000 miles on the odo. It made me a bit sad as it looked almost just like mine. But once we yanked it out of the ditch, I discovered something quite shocking. The airbags had both deployed, HOWEVER, the passenger airbag was loose in the passenger compartment. The whole mechanism (heavy metal housing which contained the pyro, etc) had separated from the mounting within the dash!!! It did not even look as though there were welds that broke, but rather ineffective compression mounts. Luckily it did not nail the passenger, but it would have been bouncing around inside there and could have easily caused some serious trauma. I have seen many rollovers, and airbag deployments, but this is a first. Anybody else seen this? I have photos of the mess if they can be posted (this is my first) GBF
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Yes, glad to see the Fusion did quite well. As for that airbag assembly coming of the brackets - I hope there's not a problem there though if there is it's easy to get to should there be a recall.
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