Mazda Recalls Cars Over Spiders—Again
They're still causing fuel tanks to crack
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2014 12:31 PM CDT
Yellow sac spiders give high marks to the Mazda6.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Yellow sac spider 2, Mazda 0. The automaker is recalling Mazda6 sedans for the second time in three years because its first attempt to fend off the little critters failed, reports Reuters. It seems the spiders like the smell of gasoline, and they weave webs in these particular engines that block a vent line and cause fuel tanks to crack. The company issued its first recall about the problem in 2011, reports AP, but the original fix didn't fully solve the problem. The new recall affects 42,000 Mazda6 cars from model years 2010 through 2012 that have 2.5-liter engines. Good news for the spiders: They'll still be able to build their webs, but a software fix should keep engines safe even if they block vents.

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iq145
Apr 5, 2014 2:45 PM CDT
The japanese don't care. They're only concerned with their Fiscal Quarterly Financial Report of immediate sales that'll impress investors. They don't look for trouble down the road...
JoeQ
Apr 5, 2014 1:52 PM CDT
Next, Spyders being recalled due to mazda infestations.
finkster
Apr 5, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like...victory." Kilgore Apocalypse Now