Suzuki Kizashi Recalled for Spider-Related Fuel System Problem

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It turns out that spiders aren’t just attracted to the Mazda6 these days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a recall for the 2010-13 Suzuki Kizashi due to spiders that spin their webs in the evaporative canister vent hose, which can wreak havoc on the car’s fuel system.
The problem is that the webs block the vent hose, and in the worst-case scenario, it can lead to improper pressure within the fuel tank causing it to crack and leak gasoline. In addition to this Suuzuki recall, spiders have caused almost 100,000 Mazda6 sedans to be recalled

A total of 19,249 Kizashi sedans are affected by the recall built from October 2009 through July 2012, which accounts for all 2010, 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles and two 2013 Kizashis. All of the affected sedans will, at minimum, require the replacement of the vent hose, but if an obstruction is found in the vent hose, the vehicle will require the replacement of the entire gas tank. The recall notice does not indicate an expected number of units that might need a new gas tank.

Regardless of which procedure is required, this will be a labor-intensive repair requiring the removal of a vehicle cross member, part of the exhaust system and even some rear suspension components. As Suzuki points out in one of the recall documents, this repair is certainly not a “do-it-yourself” type of repair.

With Suzuki no longer operating in North America, customers must go to an authorized Suzuki Service Provider, and to find locations of these repair shops, contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800- 934-0934. They can also contact NHTSA directly by calling the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or by visiting the website.
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