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Mazda Recalls 67,000 Cars Because of.....What?

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March 04, 2011 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: GM , F , TM

News flash - the only thing officially not blamed in the auto industry for a recall is now literally the kitchen sink. Mazda is blaming Yellow Sac SPIDERS for the reason it's recalling 67,000 cars. The fear is the spiders could weave a web (who knew they did that) and cause a vent to get clogged potentially damaging a hose causing the car to miraculously burst into flames and potentially explode.

Seriously? I mean.... c'mon.....c'mon.... Seriously? This is all you've got? Apparently spiders represent a greater threat than Allstate's mayhem. What I want to know is what got Mazda tipped off to the fact that spiders could be causing internal hose problems. Was there a problem where a car blew up and some schmoe with a gun and a flapjack proclaimed "ahhhhh, the yellow sac spider did it in the den with the tire iron" or did a bored entemologist garner the interest of Mazda surfing the web one late night. Seriously... what makes a multi-billion dollar car company immediately get an "ah-ha moment" and point to spiders?

Seriously Mazda..... why even bother....Tomorrow morning when you start your car, be very afraid if you hear a faint "eeeeeeep" in the engine because you just might have incinerated "old 8 legs."

On another side note... how did the spiders get there anyways? Doesn't Mazda have better places to park their cars than highly populated Yellow sac spider breeding grounds or at least halfway maintain their plants to be rodent/insect free.

The article for reference: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362679/Mazda-recalls-1000s-cars-fears-Yellow-sac-spiders-set-fuel-tanks-fire.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

I propose they change their slogan to Zoom zoom, spin spin

That is all.....

TMFUltraLong

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 04, 2011 at 7:06 AM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

Seriously. I have been fixing spider intrusion problems in the vent hose of evaporative emissions systems since there have been vent hoses.

It used be drivers had to notice a performance problem, but now the 'check engine' light comes on if the vent is clogged so you see it more often. It is the same self check that turns the light on when you leave the gas cap loose.

Step one is clear out the spider, step two is to install a litttle piece of house ridge vent mesh to keep the next one out.

It is hard to believe that fuel tank pressure could build to the point of exploding the car before it pops out the spider web.

Note to the management of Mazda, before you spend hours working out this persecution issue on the couch of a local health professional - Its not just you.

 

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#2) On March 04, 2011 at 9:45 AM, goldminingXpert (29.55) wrote:

Wow, rec'd. That is a seriously odd story and a great blog post.

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#3) On March 04, 2011 at 11:29 AM, L0RDZ (78.57) wrote:

Mazda said it found a spider web when it reviewed a complaint in October 2009.

A total of 26 incidents have been reported, Mazda said.

The company will include a "spring to prohibit spider intrusion" and the computer will be reprogrammed to prevent a build-up of pressure in the emission control system.

Mazda said the culprits are yellow sac spiders, "which enter the line through an air valve."

According to Michigan State University, yellow sac spiders likely account for more spider bites than any other spider. They are found throughout the United States, except the northernmost states.

Mazda will begin notifying owners March 14. The company said there were no reports of crashes or fires as a result of the issue.



From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110304/AUTO01/103040349/Mazda-recalls-2009-10-Mazda6-for-spider-webs-causing-fuel-leaks#ixzz1FeIjtjSC

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#4) On March 04, 2011 at 11:44 AM, L0RDZ (78.57) wrote:

I'm glad that at least Mazda is recognizing a potential problem instead of pretending it doesn't exist or blaming drivers,  or waiting until someone is seriously hurt before considering a recall.

Some other car companies would require 26 deaths before doing anything  in this case a total of 26 incidents have made them decide to recall 67,000 cars, something I wish so called American car companies would be more proactive in taking care of their  customers.

Kudos to mazda.

 

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#5) On March 08, 2011 at 5:05 PM, NEMnyWtch (< 20) wrote:

Thx for another laugh Ultra!  Investment work was so boring before I found your always entertaining blogs.  Seriously - how do you find this stuff?!

You know what's next.  The government will regulate a warning sticker be put on all car business transacted going forward.  Much like any drug you take discloses:  "Will help you sleep, but may cause heart attack, liver failure, jaundice, cancer and other mild reactions may occur"  Autos will need to disclose - "May break down, run out of gas, or blow up if infested with arachnids."

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