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Incy, wincy spider, climbed up the Mazda6 vent-line

The fuel card news research team has always heard of vehicle recalls due to problems with brakes, fuel, airbags and lights – but very rarely on the basis of insect life residing within the vehicle’s most intimate innerworkings…

But now the popular Mazda6 has gained an unprecedented and somewhat unwelcome eight-legged fan in the shape of a yellow-sac spider, with 20 cases of the critter setting up house in the Mazda6’s vent line.

According to a spokesman, this discovery has led to 65,000 Mazda6 models from 2009-10 being recalled over fears that the spider’s webs could be a fire risk. This is because the vehicle is susceptible to cracks and possible fire in the fuel tank due to increased pressure.  However, the company is not aware of any accidents or fires having been caused by the spider.

50,000 cars are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Spokesman Jeremy Barnes, spokesman for Mazda, said it was unclear as to why the spider likes to build webs in the Mazda6. “Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?” he joked, referring to the carmaker’s advertising slogan.

So many jokes, but of course there is a serious element to this. It’s important, like any recall, to rule out any danger, regardless of whether the spiders want to go for a spin or not.

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