Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.


It's deja vu all over again.

Being a car dealer's daughter, granddaughter and niece three times over, stuff about cars always piques my interest. But this made my skin crawl.

Spiders are the creepy, crawly culprits that are once again attacking Mazdas, just like they did back in 2009.

Do you think the manufacturers could have solved this by now? The spiders are apparently drawn by the smell of gas in Mazdas.

NBC News reports Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack, according to a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall involves cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years equipped with 2.5-liter engines.

And get this: it occurs only in the cars made at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, at which Mazda once produced cars jointly with Ford Motor Co. until mid-2012.

Although Mazda says no, there are several entomologists that think the spiders entered the hoses at a warehouse long before they were shipped to the assembly plant because the yellow spider is a "nocturnal" hunter and likely hides in the tubes during the day and comes out at night.

The Associated Press says the yellow sac spider, which is attracted to hydrocarbons, builds webs that cause pressure to build in the fuel tank. That increases the risk of fuel leaks and fire.

For all those Spider-Man fans, this may be funny. Personally, I'm more of a Batman girl and I wouldn't want spiders OR bats in any of my cars.

Mazda recalled cars in 2011 for the same problem. It put covers on the vent line, but has since found out that the spiders can get past them. Oops.

Mazda will update the cars' software for free beginning this month to ensure that the fuel tank pressure doesn't build up.

Mazda says no injuries or fires have been reported due to the issue.

Okay, this isn't the first time the yellow sac spider has attacked Mazda.

The yellow sac spider are usually pale in color ranging from yellow to beige, though they've been described as "white" spiders. This spider or abandoned web is most commonly encountered where the wall meets the ceiling inside homes. Yellow sac spiders build a web around themselves almost like a cocoon.

As with most species of spider, they will only bite humans in extreme circumstances, and will prefer to flee from a larger threat rather than attack. A bite from a yellow sac spider contains venom that may cause a small lesion on humans.

And SOME species of yellow sac spiders are attracted to the volatiles in gasoline, a phenomenon that led to the recall of 65,000 Mazda autos in 2009 and 2010 when it was discovered that yellow sac spiders were building nests in the fuel systems.

If you drive a Mazda affected by the recall, get this attended to pronto.

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