Oh Good: 46,000 More Mazdas Susceptible To Spider Infestation

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Hey, remember when a bunch of Mazda 6 vehicles were recalled back in 2011 because spiders had a tendency to infest the fuel lines and build webs, resulting in a few cracked fuel tanks and lots of nightmares? Well, it’s happening again: 46,000 more Mazda6 vehicles have been recalled. (Warning: there is a larger-than-life photo of the relevant spider species inside this post.)
Again, there’s just something about Mazda fuel lines that yellow sac spiders can’t resist. The NHTSA recall bulletin says that the spiders may weave webs in the fuel line, which is problematic for the gas tank. “In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure,” they explain. End result? Cracked gas tanks, gas leaks, and a risk of fire. Fire caused by spiders.

The affected model is the Mazda6, years 2010, 2011, and 2012. If you own one of these cars, call Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. The solution involves a software update.

A software update to prevent fires caused by spiders. We really are living in the future.

RECALL Subject : Spiders may Block Fuel Tank Vent Line [NHTSA]

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