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The Spider That's Bugging Mazda

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On: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:08AM | By: Karen Cook

The Spider That's Bugging Mazda

GM has cars with faulty ignition switches. Toyota has airbags that don’t work properly. Chrysler has accelerator problems. Mazda has an insect infestation.

The Yellow Sac Spider is apparently attracted to hydrocarbons which are readily available in the vent lines of the evaporation canisters on some Mazda6 sedans. Three years ago Mazda recalled 52,000 model years 2009-2010 Mazda6 vehicles for this problem and they are now recalling 42,000 more. This time the recall covers 2010-2012 model years with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. There have been nine more sightings of the spiders since the first recall.

The problem with the spiders is that they build thick webs which, according to Mazda, can block the vent hose causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This can cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak which, in turn, increases the risk of fire.

Mazda has been trying to fix the problem and released a statement explaining the steps which have been taken. “We installed a cover on the line that stopped the spider entering it and did a reprogram of the ECU to change the logic behind how the car purges the charcoal canister during normal operation.”

Thus far, there have been no fires, accidents, injuries or deaths associated with this problem.

Even though the danger is present only in extreme cases, Mazda is installing the cover and doing the reprogram free of charge. Letters will go out later this month. Mazda may be contacted at 1-800-222-5500. Refer to Recall number 7214C.


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