Mazda6 Recalled for Fire Risk Due to Spiders

Mazda6 Recalled for Fire Risk Due to Spiders
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Now this is a first, a vehicle being recalled because of problems resulting from a  certain creature, which likes to make a nest in part of the emissions control system!

Yet it’s absolutely true. Based on findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda has issued a recall on approximately 52,000 Mazda6 models. A certain species of spider thinks that the car’s Evaporative Canister vent line is a very nice place to call home. However, when this spider starts weaving webs, these can block the flow of vapor from the canister itself through the line.

Because the canister is constantly being purged during normal engine operation, any blockage can cause the fuel tank pressure to become excessively negative, to the point that the fuel tank itself can crack, potentially causing fuel leakage and fire hazards.

But how do you fix a problem like this? Well, NHTSA and Mazda say that dealers will first inspect and clean out the vent line and then, install a small spring, so these spiders can no longer make a home in it. Customers of the affected vehicles are already being notified of the problem and the recall is expected to begin on or around March 25.

For more information, owners are asked to call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.