Arachnid pinion (again)

You may remember this from three years ago:

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

The 6 has since been completely redesigned, but eight-legged critters still like the old one:

Another recall has been issued for 42,000 more of the models built between 2010 and 2012 and equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

According to the automaker, there have been nine confirmed sightings of spiders in vent lines since the original recall. It seems that covers were applied at the factory to keep the arachnids from entering, but it hasn’t quite exterminated the problem.

This time, they plan to reflash the car’s computer, to change the purge timing in the charcoal canister that collects fuel vapors.


  1. McGehee »

    7 April 2014 · 2:09 pm

    Mazda is off Wife of Slog’s car shopping list because of this; a faceful of spiders from the vents would give her the vapors.

  2. fillyjonk »

    7 April 2014 · 2:23 pm

    Are these spiders that invade while the car’s sitting in the owner’s drive, or creepy foreign invasive spiders (illegal immigrant spiders?) ? That’s the first place my mind went.

    (Of course, if Mazda is like the other formerly-Japanese-made car companies, their main plant is now in Mississippi or somewhere)

  3. CGHill »

    7 April 2014 · 2:32 pm

    They crawl up into the vapor-recovery system adjacent to the fuel tank. You will not likely see them unless they somehow make it up the filler neck.

    It’s a local species (most likely Cheiracanthium mildei or a cousin); the 6 was built in Flat Rock, Michigan, in a plant since sold to Ford. All current Mazdas sold Stateside come from Japan, though they are working on a Mexican assembly facility.

  4. Dick Stanley »

    8 April 2014 · 4:04 am

    One more reason to buy Hondas.

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