Gas-Huffing Spider Shenanigans Force Mazda to Recall 42K Sedans

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While General Motors (NYSE:GM) wrestles with some substantial recalls, Ford gets tackled by some huge foreign currency problems, and Tesla mounts a legal defense of its business model, Mazda (MZDAF.PK) is working with a problem that’s far more relatable to the average person: spiders. Only, not in the way one might expect (as if one was really expecting spiders to pose such a problem in the first place.)

Mazda has launched a recall of 42,000 Mazda6 sedans equipped with 2.5 liter inline-four engines from model years 2010 to 2012, because a particular arachnid that likes the smell of gasoline has a tendency to create a web that can block off a vent in the engine.

Odd as it sounds, this is actually Mazda’s second recall of this nature. Three years ago, 65,000 units were recalled for the same reason, covering model years 2009 and 2010, again, due to spider webs blocking evaporative canister vent lines, Reuters said. It’s the same story this time around, and bizarre as it might be, we’re a little late for April Fools’.

If you’re wondering how a feeble spiderweb can cause such carnage, “the web weaved by a spider can lead to a restriction of fuel flow, which in turn can reduce fuel tank pressure when the emission control system purges vapors from the evaporative canister,” Reuters said, citing Mazda’s filing with the NHTSA. “This can put stress on the fuel tank, which may crack and leak fuel, increasing the risk of a fire.”

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