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Spider Webs Prompt Mazda Recall

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Mazda Motor Corp. has announced a recall of thousands of 2009/2010 model year vehicles over concerns that a build up of spider webs could lead to fuel leaks.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a certain type of spider may weave a web that restricts the vehicles' vent lines. The build up of the spider webs could cause the emissions control system to increase pressure inside the fuel tank, leading to cracks, potential fuel leaks, and an increased risk of fire. 


The auto-maker said there have been 20 reported cases of spider infestation in the Mazda6, but all have been in cars with  4-cylinder engines, none with V6's. No actual fires are known to have been caused by the spiders, according to Mazda. 


The recall affects 52,000 vehicles in the United States. Dealers will install a spring to prevent this type of spider from entering the vent line, according to the NHTSA.


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