The Los Angeles Times reports that Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 65,000 Mazda6 cars to fix an issue with spiders nesting in small hoses connected to fuel tank systems. Apparently, the spider infestation can lead to pressurization and ventilation problems which increases the chances of fuel leaks and fires.
A UC Riverside entomologist stated that the yellow sac spiders (Cheiracanthium inclusum) most likely made their nests inside the vehicles at the auto parts supplier or the Flat Rock, MI assembly plant and not owners’ garages. Twenty cases of spider infestation inside Mazda6 vehicles have been reported so far.
It is suspected that the Mazda spider problem began prior to assembly. According to the entomologist, the spiders probably made their way into the vehicles’ fuel tank tubes before an employee shipped the tubes to the assembly plant or installed them into the cars.
The Mazda recall includes Mazda6 cars from the 2009 and 2010 model years in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Only the four-cylinder version of the Mazda6 is thought to be affected by the spider infestation.
Auto dealers who discover evidence of spiders inside the tubes should clean out and replace the hoses. If necessary, gas tanks will be replaced as well.
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