In what might be the weirdest reason for a car recall, Mazda is contacting car owners because of an issue with spiders. On April 5, Autoblog reported on the latest Mazda recall. They say the issue has to due with a specific spider that is attracted to the fuel systems in the car.
The Yellow Sac spider is plaguing Maza yet again. Just three years ago the car manufacturer was forced to recall some 52,000 of their cars for the same exact problem. The issue here though is that the problem isn't faulty equipment, it is the wildlife.
The newest recall applies to the 20101 through 2012 models of the Mazda6 sedan. According to Mazda, the Yellow Sac spiders are somehow getting into the vent lines in the fuel systems because they are attracted to the hydrocarbons in the gas tank. The problem with the pesky spiders is that their webs are blocking the ventilation systems and causing pressure to build up in the gas tank.
The recall only applies to the Mazda6 vehicles with the 2.5 liter engines. Even more interesting, the spider problem has only been found in vehicles that came from the Flint, Mich. plant. Many speculate that the spider problem originated at that specific plant and made it's way into the fuel systems due to mature spiders laying their eggs inside the cars.
In the 2011 recall for the same spider problem, Mazda fixed the problem by putting covers on the vent lines and effectively shutting the spiders out. This apparently didn't solve the problem completely though because they are seeing a resurgence of Yellow Sac spiders in the same make and model but just a newer model year of that car.
Does this latest spider related recall mean that Mazda should redesign the fuel system of the Mazda6 altogether? That might be the only solution since other Mazda vehicles haven't been impacted and no other auto maker is reported a fuel tank issue caused by spiders.