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O what a tangled web we weave . . . Mazda Motor Corp said on Thursday it was recalling 65,000 cars after the National Highway Safety Commission said the spider webs may restrict a vent line, which could cause the emissions control system to increase pressure in the fuel tank. The build-up of webs in the emission systems could lead to fuel tank cracks and possible leaks.
The culprit is the Yellow Sac spider, which makes the Mazda6 model of Mazda cars its home because it is lured inside by the smell of the fuel. “While it’s very rare, this spider’s distinguishing characteristic is that it likes the smell of gasoline, caused by the hydrogen oxide,” said Mitsuhiro Kunisawa, an automotive journalist.
“Once it smells the gasoline from outside, it will go inside”. In the United States, it’s a relatively common type of spider.
Entomologists, not to mention Mazda, are scratching their heads, trying to figure out how the spiders got into the Mazda6 cars, but only in 2009 and 2010 models.