Gasoline-Loving Spiders Are Back: 52,000 Mazda6 Units Recalled

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We petrolheads like to consider ourselves special, but, as it turns out, we’re not the only ones who enjoy the smell of gasoline. Apparently, the yellow sac spider is a huge fan of this odor and likes to build its web in the Mazda6 fuel evaporation canister vent line. For the second time in three years, the spider has determined Mazda to issue a recall.
The campaign sees 52,000 units of the Mazda6 belonging to the 2009 and 2010 model years being called back. The spider likes to crawl into the vent line, with the action eventually posing a risk of gas tank leakage, which could obviously lead to a fire.

A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporation canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line," the National Highway Traffic Safety Association explains. "If this occurs, the fuel tank pressure may become excessively negative when the emission control system works to purge the vapors from the canister.”

“The stress on the fuel tank may eventually result in a crack, potentially leading to fuel leakage and an increased risk of fire,” the NHTSA explains.

So, what makes the Mazda6 so special? Well, the vehicle has two pipes exiting its gas tank. This is an atypical solution and it means that the gasoline odor is not strong enough to kill the spider, yet there concentration is sufficient to draw it, as Japanese automotive journalist Mitsuhiro Kunisawa explains.

The recall has already debuted on March 25 - Mazda is installing a spring to keep the spider from accessing the vent line.

Like we said, there’s been a similar recall back in 2011, with Mazda using the same means for preventing the arachnid from having its way with the car.
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