By on March 3, 2011

We momentarily interrupt our recall-fatigue induced editorial policy. This one is too good to pass up. Mazda has developed a clinical case of arachnophobia, and is recalling 65,000 cars. Cheiracanthium inclusum, the yellow sac spider, has developed a liking for Mazdas and decided to move in. Let’s check the calendar first. No, it’s not the first day of April.

Spider nests in the rubber hoses of the fuel systems could cause pressurization and ventilation problems in their cars, says Mazda. Worst case: Fuel leaks, flaming infernos, blowing-up cars, you are hosed.

So far, 20 cases of spiders in Mazdas were found, which prompted the company to recall all 65,000 Mazda6 cars of the 2009 and 2010 model years in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and submit them to despiderfication.

Why the spiders lay their eggs into Mazdas only, and why they are particular to the hosiery of the 4-cylinder Mazda6 only, remains a mystery. “We really don’t know how they’re getting in,” Jeremy Barnes, a spokesman for Mazda North American Operations, told the Los Angeles Times.

There is another theory. “Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?” Barnes quipped to the BBC.

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18 Comments on “Announcing The All New Mazda Spider...”


  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Ummmmmmmmmm how long were these cars sitting dormant before being cranked up again?  I’ve got a scooter sitting in my garage since November and I highly doubt I’ll find any spiders when I go over it before getting riding again. 

  • avatar

    Wow! Just wow!

    Down here in our tropical country such things as snakes and such can get into a car engine’s bay to take a nap. And ride in there for a couple of days. Ants and such sometimes like to get into cars, specially of those owners who are hyginecally-challenged.

    But spiders with a hankering for Mazdas?

    Only in Japan.

  • avatar
    redmondjp

    Believe it or not, this is not a new issue.  BMW had this exact same issue with the fuel tank vent back in the 1990s IIRC.  Besides spiders, there are other insects such as mason bees and mud daubers that will find any small openings and cocoon themselves inside of it, sealing the passageway.

    This is one of those design lessons that one can only learn from the school of life, NOT taught in any college or university!  Another reason for seasoned engineers to be maintained and treasured by companies instead of being tossed aside as is now common to be replaced with lower-cost recent graduates.  When you treat people as though they are like any other company resource (hence the latest trendy term for the Personnel Department, no, I mean Human Resources, er now is called ”Human Capital”), you’re goiing to get more “unforseen” issues like this, no doubt about it.

    /rant off

  • avatar
    Subifreak

    I have heard this report several times in the last 24 hours now…BUT, no specific details of WHERE  these ‘incidents’ have occurred….IE: The southeast or southwest U.S. etc???  They are not originating from any Canadian climate at this time of the year (I will bet the ranch on that!)…just the facts Mazda…!
    Perhaps these spiders are on the same ‘pills’ that is affecting the youth in Libya currently???

    Naturally, one has to wonder how to bring a class action lawsuit against these little buggers for the damage caused…I suggest congressional hearings & send this right to the U.S. Supreme Court…they are not really busy these days…

  • avatar
    pgcooldad

    I once dissected a noisy valve lifter and found an ant entangled in it’s valve. Parts had been sitting in the warehouse during summer shut down and ants found their way in.

  • avatar
    Junebug

    I have a VW GTI and the stock wheels have these little plastic covers over the lug nuts with a little hole in them so you can spend extra time looking for that special tool to get them off when you have to change tires. Last summer I noticed the holes were mysteriously filled in with what looked like sand. It was the work of the famous North Carolina “dirt dauber”, a wasp like insect with a blue body. These pests will made lovely mud condo’s on your garage walls and anywhere else.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I was just reminded gentlemen of what my dad would say to me as we took his Mustang convertible out for its first spring “fun run” after sitting in the garage during a long, cold, snowy Ohio winter.  “Time to blow the spiderwebs out of the headers!” (And then he would proceed to burn rubber.)  I never thought he was serious.  ;) 

  • avatar
    thesource

    I’m not sure this recall has legs.

  • avatar
    Steven02

    Looks like they didn’t get all the bugs out…
     
    Anyway, this recall is truly weird.  Glad that Mazda is taking care of this.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    So THAT’S why my gas grill turned the chicken blackish-gray last week! I’d better check my MX5 too, but it’s been running real good.

  • avatar
    nova73

    Everyone’s getting a good laugh from this, but it is a real problem.  Happened to my ’99 Altima, in fact.  The check engine light came on.   After verifying the gas cap was on tight, I took it to the Nissan dealer.  Was still under warranty at the time.  They checked for trouble codes and the obvious stuff. Finding nothing amiss, they reset the light and sent me home.  On the 3rd trip back, they queried a Nissan database and found a recommendation to check the evap cannister for a spider’s nest.  Sure enough, that’s what they found.  They replaced the cannister and the problem was solved.  Wife didn’t believe me until I showed her the service write up.  never did find out what kind of spider was in there.

  • avatar
    Mikemannn

    Acura TSXs suffer from spiders in the EVAP system…

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Dang, If the fuel vapors and a pressurized system don’t deter them, what will – Black Flag in the tank?

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    Spiders are still a lesser worry to Mazda than why they can’t build an entry-level car that won’t rust to hell in 6 years. Just again today I saw a last-gen Mazda 3 with bubbling rear fenders. You’d think they’d have learned after the Protege 5, but they haven’t. It’s a shame, because otherwise I could see myself buying one.

    At least the Miata seems to be rock solid (and arachnid-free).

  • avatar
    Ronman

    is it possible that these eggs were in there from the beginning in Japan, and happened to hatch when the temp and time were just right? perhaps the hose suppliers had a case of spiderfestation and didn’t know about it…


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