Mazda has some serious debugging to do as spiders are causing the automaker to recall over 65,000 vehicles; more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years in the United States and an additional 15,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The species of the spider is said to be a yellow sac spider and is causing trouble in the fuel system. A Mazda spokesman said dealers had found 20 cases where webs of yellow sac spiders were found in a vent line.
The company said a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank’s ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.
The fault was discovered in late 2009, when a dealer found a spider web inside the fuel system of a Mazda6 after the owner brought the vehicle in to be repaired after noticing a fuel leak.
To fight the itsy bitsy spider, they will be fitting a spring mechanism in the fuel tank’s vent line, to prevent the spiders from getting into the vent line.
Mazda spokesman said it was not clear why the yellow sac spider liked to build nests in the Mazda6. “Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?” he joked. It’s obvious that he doesn’t drive a Mazda6.