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Spiders are creating a big headache for Mazda. The automaker issued its second recall in three years because spiders might cause certain fuel tanks to crack.
Mazda recalled 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. They are the 2010 - 2012 model years equipped with 2.5-liter engines.
What’s happening is the yellow sac spider, which is attracted to hydrocarbons, builds its web in the car’s vent hose. (Via YouTube / RoubalFlix)
According to this KXTV report: "That causes pressure to build in the fuel tank. Well that increases the risk of fuel leaks and fires within the vehicles." (Via KXTV)
Back in 2011, Mazda recalled cars for the same problem, but added a cover on the vent line to help keep spiders out. However, WABC reports that didn’t do much because spiders could get around them.
When it comes to where this problem started, the Inquisitr reports that, "The spiders in the gasoline tanks have only been spotted in cars from the company's plant in Flat Rock, Mich. ... the spiders must have entered hoses at a warehouse before being shipped to the assembly plant."
For those impacted by this latest recall, Mazda will update the cars software and inspect and clean the canister vent line. The company will also replace some parts if spider webs are found. (Via Safercar.gov)
From a KTVK report: "When asked why Mazda seems to be having so much troubles with spiders, the Mazda spokesperson, Jeremy Barns, wrote, 'Don’t ask me I’m terrified of those things.'" (Via KTVK)
The good news is that Mazda says no injuries or fires have happened yet.