By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 5, 2014
For the second time in three years Mazda Motor Corp has issued a recall for Mazda6 sedans in North America because of a spider that likes the smell of gasoline and weaves a web that blocks a vent hose in the engine and can cause the fuel tank to crack.
The company is recalling 42,000 cars in the 2010 through 2012 product lines that have 2.5-liter engines. The company previously recalled cars in 2011 for the same reason. At that time, covers were put on the vent line, but the covers were not impenetrable to spiders.
“The yellow sac spider, which is attracted to hydrocarbons, builds webs that cause pressure to build in the fuel tank,” reports ABC News and the Associated Press. “That increases the risk of fuel leaks and fire.”
Mazda will inform owners in the recall campaign to bring cars to dealers, where the evaporative canister vent line will be checked and cleared if necessary.
No injuries or fires have resulted from the spiders thus far.