Mazda Motor Corp. has recalled 52,000 cars, because of a spider that likes the smell of gasoline so much it chooses to build its webs in car emission systems. The National Highway Safety Commission told Mazda the spider webs may restrict a vent line, which could cause the emissions control system to increase pressure in the fuel tank. The build-up of webs in the emission systems could lead to fuel tank cracks and possible leaks.
The culprit is the Yellow Sac spider, a relatively common type of spider in the U.S., which makes the Mazda6 model of Mazda cars its home because it is lured inside by the smell of the fuel.
The affected model, the Mazda6, known as the Atenza in Japan, has two pipes coming out from its gas tank, which is extremely rare and means that the smell of gasoline is strong enough to draw the spider in but not strong enough to kill it. There was no similar problem with any other Mazda car. As part of the recall, dealers will install a spring to prevent spiders such as the Yellow Sac from entering the vent line.
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