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Mazda Has Recalled 65,000 Cars . . . Because Spiders Keep Building Webs Inside Their Fuel Lines

Posted in Pictures, Video, Commercials, Media by wolferadio11 on March 4, 2011

Yesterday, Mazda announced that it’s recalling 52,000 Mazda 6 sedans in the U.S., and 13,000 in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.  And the reason is AMAZING. For some reason, spiders won’t stop building webs inside the Mazda 6 fuel system.  The webs have already caused the fuel tanks of 20 cars to leak, and could cause a whole lot more. They’re called Yellow Sac spiders, and they’ve been building their webs in the evaporative canister vent line.  That can mess up the car’s emission controls, which can lead to the fuel tank cracking. Yellow Sac spiders are almost exclusively in North America. As for WHY the Yellow Sac spiders gravitate toward Mazda 6’s . . . no one has any idea.  The spiders don’t like the cold, and apparently the Mazda fuel system provides them the exact kind of environment they like. If you own a four-cylinder 2009 or 2010 Mazda 6, it’s probably part of the recall.  Mazda is telling people to take it to a dealer, who can inspect the canister and see if spiders have been spinning webs inside. If so, they can clear them out.  And they’ll also install a spring that keeps spiders from being able to get inside.  And all of it’s free of charge. The good news for Mazda is that it’s safe to say that spiders overwhelmingly prefer Mazda over Toyota, Nissan, and Honda making it the number one vehicle in the spider demographic. “Mazda, spider tested spider approved!”

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