Mazda Recalls 42,000 Cars Because Of Spider Issue

April 8, 2014


Mazda has recalled all 2010-2012 Mazda 6's with 4-cylinder engines because spiders can crawl into the fuel tank, spin webs that can cause a pressure build up, which can lead to cracks in the tank and fires. And nobody but a stuntman wants to drive a car that's on fire.

As before, Mazda will install a "spring to prohibit spider intrusion" and reprogram the emissions system to prevent pressure building up.

This is the second time Mazda has made a spider-related recall (and Toyota has had one too). In 2011 it recalled all 2008-2010 Mazda 6 models for the same reason. I had a spider land on my hand once when I was driving. I killed it after we hit the tree.

Thanks to Andrew K, dr venkman and Inky Bloc, who, if they had to choose, would rather deal with a car full of snakes than spiders.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    I've been watching old car commercials on youtube. They said the '56 Studebaker was the greatest car there ever was and ever will be. How come they don't still make cars like the 1956 Studebakers?

  • Justin Griffin

    I know little about how cars are made, but shouldn't car companies continue to iterate on basically the same car until they have it perfect?

    I'd rather have a car that hasn't changed that much in 5 to 6 years but is super reliable and safe. Like they make new cars yearly and there is this expectation of it being totally new and blingy.

  • Brian Dunne

    There are other big brand autos Luxgen or BYD that can definitely go head to head with Mazda or any other automaker.

  • Agreed, but like CawaLimon pointed out, safety is just table stakes at this point. All cars are assumed to be reliable and safe. Unless they can add some new buzzworthy safety feature it's not worth investing in making cars anything less than "safe-enough". Obviously there are exceptions with safety minded car companies, but even companies like Volvo and Subaru that are extremely safety minded still play by the same book.

  • CawaLimon

    You have an excellent point. In a way, the manufacturers do iterate on the same model- except these iterations, as you pointed out, are focused on keeping the car "fresh" and more appealing to the majority. Unfortunately, car companies are businesses, and like most businesses they are forced to comply with market demands/ trends... Big companies don't want to risk making something that could be unsuccessful, (especially since they know that their current methods will produce something that sells), and small companies simply can't risk it.

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