Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Mazda6

By David Thomas  on March 3, 2011

We generally don't expound on recall announcements because of the seriousness they entail. But Mazda is recalling 52,000 Mazda6 sedans due to a certain type of spider. Yes, spider.

The official recall notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn't specify the type of spider, but it says the spider may weave a web in a vent line that could lead to increased pressure in the evaporative canister. That could lead to a crack in the fuel tank, leading to fuel leaking and potential for fire.

The recall only affects vehicles from the 2009-10 model years and built between April 8, 2008 and Feb. 8, 2010. You can check your car's build date on a sticker affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.

The recall will begin on or before March 25. Dealers will inspect the canister vent line and clean it before installing a spring that should prevent a spider from entering the line in the future.

Concerned owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 or the NHTSA's hotline at 888-327-4236.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David