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