Mazda Recalls Vehicles Due to Spider Infestation Problems
Mazda has announced a recall of approximately 52,000 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 sedans across the United States. The recall was prompted by the discovery that yellow sac spiders have been building their nests in the fuel system of Mazda6 vehicles.
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mazda explained that the yellow sac spider has been weaving webs in the evaporative canister vent line, clogging the line and preventing air from reaching the gas tank. As a result, there is negative air pressure inside the gas tank, which can cause it to crack and start a fire.
Currently, there have been 20 documented cases of spider infestation among Mazda6 vehicles. Interestingly, only 4-cylinder engines have been infested; no spider webs have been found in 6-cylinder engines yet. According to Mazda, there have been no reports of fires breaking out due to the spider infestations.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will receive a letter from Mazda by the end of the month informing them of recall protocol. Dealers will inspect the fuel system in these cars and make any repairs necessary. These repairs will likely include the placement of a spring that will prevent spiders from entering the fuel system.
If you have been injured in a fire caused by a spider infestation inside your Mazda, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages in a defective auto claim. An experienced product liability lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected.