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.