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The Mazda6 is vulnerable to spiders

Mazda spiders

It’s impossible to not have goose bumps when learning about Mazda’s recent recall on the Mazda6 midsize sedan.

According to the recall notice, a species of spider is attracted to the smell of gasoline from the 2.5-liter engine of some 2010-2012 Mazda6 models. The yellow spider weaves its web in the pipes of the fuel tank, which can restrict the flow of fuel and reduce the pressure in the tank. The webs may prevent the fumes from evaporating, leading to a fire.

Announced just last month, the recall affects 42,000 cars, with 5,466 in Canada. Three years ago, Mazda announced a recall that impacted 65,000 cars for the same problem. The manufacturer indicated that it did not know why spiders seemed particularly attracted to the Mazda6.

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