[ratpack] Just when you thought you heard it all...

  • From: Michael Wells <mcwellsphoto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ratpack@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 16:17:43 -0700

Check this out, a different kind of spider likes racing too.

Spider infestation leads to recall of 65,000 Mazdas

Under the heading of strangest recalls ever, Mazda today is weaving the most
bizarre of all: 52,000 Mazda6 in the U.S. are being recalled because of
possible spider webs. The fear is that they can lead to blockages that will
eventually cause fuel tanks to leak.
The Mazda 6 is being recalled because of spider webs in an engine part.
By Larry Armstrong, for USA TODAY
The recall of 2009 and 2010 Mazda6s is due to "a certain type of spider"
that "may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may
cause a restriction in the line," the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration says on its
Another 13,000 of the cars sold in Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico are also
being recalled.

The web may restrict the line and cause pressure problems in the fuel tank
as the emission control system tries to purge vapors. The pressure could
cause the fuel tank to eventually crack, resulting in spillage. Mazda has
found 20 cases so far, says Jeremy Barnes. The problem involves the Yellow
Sac spider, which lives predominately in the U.S. and apparently it doesn't
like cold.

"Why it chose the Mazda6 over any other vehicle I'm not sure," Barnes told
Drive On. " Apparently, the spider likes to go zoom zoom." The Mazda6 is
built in Flat Rock, Mich., and the recall covers only the four-cylinder

Dealers are going to inspect the canisters and if they find spider webs, are
going to install a spring that keeps the spiders from getting inside the
part -- before they can weave a web of destruction.

Dr. Z
aka Michael Wells
MCWells Photography

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