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Apr 14

Mazda 6 Recall Due To Spiders

Mazda has been forced to recall around 42,000 of its 6 models in the US market due to petrol-sniffing spiders. The yellow sac spider is attracted by the scent of petrol and will knit its web in engines which causes pressure build-up and air-blockage.

In documents passed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mazda elaborated: “A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line, potentially causing a restriction in the line. If this occurs, the fuel tank pressure may become excessively negative when the emission control system works to purge the vapours from the canister. As the canister is purged repeatedly during normal operation, the stress on the fuel tank may eventually result in a crack, potentially leading to fuel leakage and an increased risk of fire.”

Mazda admitted that this problem has beleaguered their US-market cars since at least 2009 and it also pointed out that none of its cars have caught fire as a result of yellow sac spider. Mazda also recalled 52,000 cars in 2011 for the same problem, but it solved the issue by putting fitting covers over engine vents, which stopped the yellow sac spider from getting inside the car. However, some yellow sac spiders were chiefly resolute, and continued weave webs in vehicles. The Mazda6 models built from 2010 to 2012 will be recalled at the end of April 2014.