'Zoom zoom' spiders spark huge car recall
Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00
Japanese car maker Mazda is recalling more than 50,000 cars in the US and 15,000 in Canada and Mexico after discovering spiders' webs in the vents.
The company, which is recalling 2009 and 2010 Mazda 6 cars, said a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel-tank system and clog up the tank's ventilation. This could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of fire.
Spokesman Jeremy Barnes said dealers had identified 20 cases in which spiders' webs were found in the vents. The webs were linked to yellow sac spiders, he said, but it was unclear why they were crawling into the Mazda 6 rather than other vehicles. "Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?" he quipped, referring to the company's 'zoom zoom' marketing tagline for the car.