Wandering spider leads Mazda to recall 50,000 cars

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by KEN THOMAS

Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mazda has fingered an unusual culprit in its new safety recall -- a spider.

The Japanese automaker is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years. The company says a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank's ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.

Mazda told the government it had received two reports about problems with the tank. In one of the cases, a spider web was found in the vent.

The recall involves vehicles built from April 2008 and February 2010.

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