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Spider Infestation Problems Lead To Mazda Recall

March 4, 2011

The Mazda6 is an undoubtedly good sedan. It's a perfect family vehicle for those that don't need the size or fuel costs of an SUV or crossover. But it's not so great if you have an arachnophobe in the family--a problem with a specific spider species infesting part of the fuel system has prompted a recall of 2009 and 2010 Mazda6s.

The problem arises when the yellow sac spider, which is apparently drawn to the evaporative canister vent line, weaves its web around the area, restricting the vent. This could potentially cause excessive negative fuel tank pressure, eventually leading to cracks, leakage, and even a risk of explosion.

In total, about 52,000 cars are subject to the recall. Mazda will inspect the affected cars in dealerships and install a spring that keeps the spiders out of the problem area.

No word on whether it'll keep the spiders out of the rest of your car, though.

[NHTSA, CNN Money]

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