Are yellow sac spiders to be blamed for the reported fuel leaks in some Mazda6 sedans?
Are yellow sac spiders to be blamed for the reported fuel leaks in some Mazda6 sedans? Mazda thinks it has finally found a solution. And no, it is not the fault of the Cheiracanthium spiders, that, of all things, are attracted to the smell of gasoline.
In a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda said that it is recalling 2010-2012 Mazda6 models with 2.5L engines that were manufactured sometime between September 14, 2009, through May 2, 2011.
The reason, it stated, is that gasoline-loving spiders are weaving webs in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This negative pressure can cause the fuel tank to crack, which then poses a significant fire risk to the passengers on board.
To solve the problem, Mazda will reprogram the powertrain control module of the affected sedans and clean the canister vent lines as well. Furthermore, Mazda will replace the fuel tank and check valve canister if a spider web is found.
The massive recall is expected to begin this month, and yes, it is free of charge.
This isn't the first time that Mazda recalled numerous Mazda6 sedans because of the interesting spider species. In 2011, the company recalled over 65,000 sedans in the U.S.
The previous solution was to insert a spring into the canister vent to stop the spiders from crawling in. It didn't seem to work. Engineers at Mazda finally declared it was software problem that can fixed by reprogramming the control module.