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42,000 Mazdas recalled as petrol-sniffing spiders spark fire scare

Mazda has been forced to recall 42,000 cars after fearing petrol-sniffing spiders could clog up fuel tanks, causing engine fires.

Petrol-sniffing spiders have caused Mazda to recall 42,000 cars after fears they could cause engine fires by clogging up fuel tanks. The manufacturer fears the yellow sac spider will weave its web inside its engines, causing a blockage. The resulting build-up of pressure can cause a petrol leak and increase the risk of a fire.

Mazda 6 cars from the 2010-12 model years are affected. Owners will be able to have the fault fixed free of charge. If their car is affected, a software update will be applied to monitor the pressure level and warn drivers of any danger.

Mazda said: “A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line, potentially causing a restriction in the line. If this occurs, the fuel tank pressure may become excessively negative when the emission control system works to purge the vapours from the canister.”

“As the canister is purged repeatedly during a normal operation, the stress on the fuel tank may eventually result in a crack, potentially leading to fuel leakage and an increased risk of fire.”

This isn’t the first time Mazda’s cars have been plagued by spiders. In the past, Mazda has attempted to overcome the problem by fitting covers over engine vents to stop the spiders crawling in. However, the fix was only partially effective, as some yellow sac spiders still settled inside the vehicles.

When asked why Mazda seem to be having so much trouble with the yellow sac spiders, a spokesman said: “Don’t ask me, I’m terrified of the damn things.”

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