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
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(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.

Yellow sac spiders give high marks to the Mazda6.
Yellow sac spiders give high marks to the Mazda6.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A yellow sac spider.
A yellow sac spider.   (Shutterstock)
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