WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—Mazda North American Operations is recalling about 52,000 Mazda6 vehicles, model years 2009 and 2010, for possible problems with a certain, unspecified kind of spider building webs in the evaporative canister vent line.
If this occurs, the resulting buildup of fuel and vapor pressure may cause the fuel tank to crack, causing fuel leakage and increased risk of fires, Mazda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mazda received two reports of fuel cracks caused by spider webs, in May and October 2009, the auto maker said.
The affected vehicles are equipped with 2.5-liter engines and were manufactured between April 8, 2008, and Feb. 8, 2010, Mazda said.
Mazda will clean the canister vent lines of each recalled vehicle, as well as installing springs to prevent spiders from entering the lines and reprogramming vehicle software to prevent excessive fuel tank pressure, all free of charge, the company said. It will notify dealers the week of March 14 and send first-class letters to vehicle owners March 25 informing them of the recall.