Arachnid pinion

A couple years’ worth of Mazda6 production — about 65,000 cars in all, four-cylinder models only — will be recalled because of, um, spiders.

Wait, what?

The recall of 2009 and 2010 Mazda6s is due to “a certain type of spider” that “may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website.

The web may restrict the line and cause pressure problems in the fuel tank as the emission control system tries to purge vapors. The pressure could cause the fuel tank to eventually crack, resulting in spillage. Mazda has found 20 cases so far.

The “certain type of spider” is the Yellow Sac, genus Cheiracanthium, which is apparently small enough, and for some reason motivated enough, to find its way into the fuel system. Dealers will install a spring in the line to block its access.


  1. McGehee »

    5 March 2011 · 7:54 am

    I was bitten once by an apparently very large specimen of this genus — definitely larger than 10mm as I recall. <Tim the Enchanter> With big long fangs! (snarf snarf) </Tim the Enchanter>

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 March 2011 · 8:40 am

    That was definitely one of the more “wait, WHAT?” news stories of the week.

    Nature: it will find a way to kill us all, eventually.

  3. Brett »

    5 March 2011 · 12:11 pm

    Somewhere in here there’s a Fiat Spyder joke but I can’t figure one out.

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