Safe From Spiders. You're Welcome. - 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Safe From Spiders. You're Welcome.

March 04, 2011

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Today Yesterday Mazda announced what has gotta be the scariest recall reason ever: Spiders! Apparently, the Yellow Sac spider, a common arachnid in the U.S. which is said to bite humans more than any other spider (shudder!), loves the smell of gasoline and will follow the scent and then build its web in the car's emissions system. This in turn, according to the NHTSA, could block a vent line and increase pressure in the fuel tank eventually resulting in a crack and potentially leading to fuel leak and increase fire risk. Double eek.

Oh noes, what does that mean for our 2011 Mazda 2? Fortunately, the spider is picky, only preferring the Mazda 6, so 2009-2010 Mazda 6s -- over 65,000 cars -- will be recalled.

From Reuters:

The affected model, the Mazda 6, has two pipes coming out from its gas tank, which is extremely rare and means that the smell of gasoline is strong enough to draw the spider in but not strong enough to kill it, [automotive journalist Mitsuhiro] Kunisawa said."

Thank goodness our little Mazda is safe. Else I'd have to avoid it altogether, don't care how cute it is.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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