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One blah Monday morning, you’re commuting to the anonymous office park some 90 minutes away from the bedroom community you call a home in your equally anonymous Toyota Camry Hybrid, listening to yet another story about Congress kicking cans down roads and/or some wacky antics your favorite DJs had the past weekend while you take another swig of that mermaid-branded caffeinated goodness.

 

You’re not ready to deal with the myriad of reports you have to work on when you arrive at the office, and you’re certainly not ready for your colleague to rant about how his fantasy football team lost because one of his players sustained a career-ending injury on the first snap, but at least the piling traffic ahead of you seems to be delaying the inevitable, much to your mix of relief and chagrin.

Tired of being stuck behind the Dunkin’ Donuts truck (reminding you that you really need to hit the gym someday), you edge over to the (not really) faster moving lane on your left while wishing you could use the HOV lane at times like this when suddenly your airbag explodes, causing you to bash your alleged green machine into a Greyhound bus, kicking off a chain reaction that will take hours by the state police and first responders to sort out. You also make the news when the strangely chipper real-time traffic reporter chimes in about the wreck, which then leads to how Rockin’ Robin DeCradle “got totally wrecked” at the Waffle House of Blues this weekend.

Turns out the cause of your airbag going off was spiders, which you find out later that day when the local news reports that Toyota has issued a recall (again), affecting 870,000 vehicles including the one now residing in an insurance salvage yard that you, no doubt, are going to have a hard time collecting anything upon.

According to CNN Money, the 870,000 Toyotas are Camrys, Venzas and Avalons screwed together and sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years, hybrids included. The recall notice states that the webs spiders make within the confines of a drainage tube attached to the car’s AC unit could force water to drip onto the airbag’s control module, creating a short circuit followed by the airbag warning light (and the driver’s side airbag itself) going off. To make matters worse, the same issue can lead to loss of power steering, as well.

Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight said that the company was aware of the spider issue, noting that 35 cases of the lights coming on and 3 airbag deployments have come to pass thus far, and the consistent cause of the problem were the eight-legged freaks who, for some reason, love making webs in AC drainage tubes.

The recall recommends owners take their cars in to their nearest dealer, who will then make the necessary repairs (and calls to the Orkin Man) to prevent water from causing unintended airbag deployments. The notice will be sent by mail, and the repairs will be on the house.

A similar issue affected Mazda back in 2011, when spiders set up shop in the vent lines of many a Mazda6′s gasoline tank, proving once again that nature is so fascinating.

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Announcing The All New Mazda Spider http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/announcing-the-all-new-mazda-spider/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/announcing-the-all-new-mazda-spider/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 03:47:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386159 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 […]

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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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