Spiders to Blame for Mazda Recall of 42,000 Cars


Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda 6 models from years 2010 through 2012 in the US, and the Japanese automaker says spiders are to blame.

The yellow sac spider is attracted to hydrocarbons and seems to like to make itself at home inside the Mazda 6.  It builds a web blocking a vent hose and the fuel tank can crack, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration.  

The Mazda 6 was recalled for the same reason in 2011 but a fix didn’t work. The yellow sac spider found its way around the fix. Now the recall includes Mazda 6 models with 2.5L engines between 2010 and 2012.

Now Mazda will update the car’s software at no charge to Mazda 6 owners to make sure the fuel tank pressure doesn’t build up.  

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