Strange but true: spiders cause Mazda recall

Over 50,000 Japanese-made Mazda cars are being recalled in the United States due to sightings of the yellow-sac spider, which has been building homes in the fuel tank.

Mazda says the Mazda 6 model holds a ‘particular attraction’ for the yellow-sac spider, which builds its next in part of the fuel system, according to a report from ABC News.

The problem was reportedly discovered in 2009 when a car dealer in the United States found one of the spiders in a canister vent line in the engine after a customer brought the car in for repairs due to a leakage fuel.

According to Mazda, the spider is the likely cause of the leakage, which was caused by an increase in pressure in the fuel tank, causing cracks.

A spokesman for Mazda Australia told ABC News that the Mazda 6 models destined for the United States have a different fuel tank to the ones here, and there have been no reports of spiders in the Australian models.

Mazda has not said how the spiders entered the engines, but it is likely they entered during manufacture, assembly, or transport.

According to Wikipedia, the yellow-sac spider is usually pale in colour, and has an abdomen that can range from yellow to beige. Both sexes range in size from 5 to 10 mm.

Their venom can reportedly cause small lesion in humans, and victims are advised to seek medical treatment.

According to Wikipedia, 20 infestations have actually been reported in Mazda 6 cars throughout the world.

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