Spiderwebs Prompt Mazda Recall

A spider that likes the smell of gasoline has prompted Mazda Motor Corp. to issue a recall of more than 52,000 vehicles.

According to the National Highway Safety Commission, the Yellow Sac spider is attracted to the smell of gasoline and makes its home in the vent lines of certain Mazda vehicles. The Mazda6 has two pipes coming out from its gas tank, instead of one, which means the smell of gasoline is strong enough to draw the spider in, but not strong enough to kill it.

The NHSC has received more than 20 reports of spider web build-up in Mazda6 vent lines. A build-up of spiderwebs could cause the emissions control system to increase pressure in the fuel tank, causing cracks, which lead to fuel leaks.

Mazda dealers will inspect the vehicle’s vent lines and install a spring to prevent spiders from entering the emissions system.

If you have been injured by a defective product, please contact the Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (515) 705-0233.

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