- Mazda is recalling 42,000 2010-'12 Mazda 6 sedans equipped with the 2.5-liter engine to address a problem linked to spiders that could lead to a fuel leak and increase the risk of fire.
- This is the second recall to address spider-related problems with the Japanese sedan.
- The latest recall is expected to begin in April.
WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 42,000 2010-'12 Mazda 6 sedans equipped with the 2.5-liter engine to address a problem linked to spiders that could lead to a fuel leak and increase the risk of fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is the second recall to address spider-related problems with the Japanese sedan. In February 2010, the automaker added a spring to the canister vent line in order to prevent a spider's intrusion in the 2009-'10 Mazda 6. The original recall involved Yellow Sac spiders.
NHTSA posted information about the new recall on its Web site on Friday.
"In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. "Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire."
Mazda did not respond immediately to an Edmunds query asking if there are any injuries, fires, crashes or fatalities linked to the new recall.
The affected cars were built from September 14, 2009 through May 2, 2011.
Mazda told federal safety regulators that a certain "kind of spider could possibly intrude even with the expanding spring."
It added: "Furthermore, we confirmed that the PCM (powertrain control module) software change to control the tank pressure is effective to avoid the possibility of the tank cracking, even under such a severe condition as the canister vent is clogged by a spider web."
Mazda dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and inspect and clean the canister vent line. If a web was found in the line, the fuel tank and check valve on the canister vent line will be replaced. The recall is expected to begin in April. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Edmunds says: If you own the 2010-'12 Mazda 6, make arrangements with your dealer to have the repair made.