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 |  Mar 10 2011, 9:59 AM

Apparently spiders don’t just prefer Mazdas. Honda has warned its dealers to keep an eye out for the same spiders that nested in 65,000 recalled Mazda6 sedans, as they may infest the Accord. Hyundai is also reportedly warning dealers of a similar issue with its models.

It’s not a full-blown recall, but if you see a spider inside your Accord, your local friendly Honda mechanic will be happy to get rid of the yellow sac spiders that are nesting inside a vent pipe and weaving “sack-like” webs that could lead to a blockage. The driver will find that the “check engine” light will come on, as well as a freaked-out friend or relative who will scream at ear-splitting levels. Possibly.

The fix is easy, because it consists of fitting a spring into a drain box—similar to Mazda’s solution. Unlike Mazda, however, there is no danger in blocking the gas tank venting hoses that may lead to an engine fire, and Honda has merely issued a service bulletin to its brave, spider-vanquishing mechanics instead of an all-out recall like its Japanese sedan brethren. The yellow sac spider hasn’t caused any engine stalling or fires in the Accord. Maybe yellow sac spiders prefer Honda over Mazda? And why not an Italian car? Or a convertible?

[Source: USA Today]

 |  Mar 08 2011, 9:15 AM

Last week Mazda announced what might be the most bizarre recall to date, issuing a safety bulletin for its Mazda6 sedans after it was determined spider webs in the fuel system could cause a fire.

If you own one of the 65,000 affected models you could simply bring the car in to your nearest Mazda dealer to have the problem rectified, but PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has another suggestion: give the car to them.

Not only will PETA work to find the spiders a new home, but they’ll use the car to aid in animal rescue.

Giving away a perfectly good car with one miniscule recall is a bit extreme, but if you’re in a generous mood, or simply can live with the thought of those creepy crawlies in your car, then PETA’s plan isn’t a bad one. In fact, it might be the most sane thing PETA’s done in quite some time.

 |  Mar 04 2011, 8:33 AM

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.