Thursday 3 March 2011

Mazda6 recalled over creepy circumstances (U.S)

Updated: 04/03/11

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be recalling 52,000 '09 – '10 Mazda6 sedans, powered by the 2.5 litre engine due to "a certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line," which may lead to a fuel leak and increased risk of fire. Another 15,000 units in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico have been affected.

While these kind of recalls are very rare, the spider in question is a yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium).

The spider web "may cause a restriction in the line. If this occurs, the fuel tank pressure may become excessively negative when the emission control system works to purge the vapours from the canister. As the canister is purged repeatedly during normal operation, the stress on the fuel tank may eventually result in a crack, potentially leading to fuel leakage and an increased risk of fire."

Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes said it was not clear why the yellow sac spider liked to build nests.

"Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?" he joked, referring to Mazda's advertising slogan for the car.

While no fires have been started, the recall will start the on 25th March.

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