Spiders Prompt One of Two New Mazda Recalls

By | April 04, 2014
Mazda is recalling the Mazda6 sedan for a second time thanks to creepy crawlers that weave webs and block a vent in the engine. The new Mazda recall affects 2010-2012 Mazda6 cars equipped with 2.5-liter engines. It follows up on a recall affecting 2009-2010 model year vehicles. If spiders find their way inside the car and make a web blocking the vent, it may restrict the flow of fuel, which can in turn result in negative fuel tank pressure. "Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire," according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Around 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. are affected by the new recall, which begins this month. Mazda said it is not aware of any fires related to the problem. Dealerships will conduct the necessary repairs free of charge. In a separate recall, Mazda is calling back 6,500 cars in North America and thousands of others around the world for a programming error in the vehicles' engine control computers. According to reports, there is a glitch in the software that checks whether the capacitor in the brake energy regeneration system is working. The error may cause the vehicle to accelerate improperly, and the engine can even stall out. Affected models include the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 vehicles built between October 2012 and January 2014. Source: NHTSA