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Spiders Prompt Mazda Recall

Flies aren’t the only ones worried about spiders.

Mazda is embarking on its second recall related to potential problemscaused by spiders. This time the company is recalling 42,000 midsize sedans to stop spiders from damaging the fuel system and possibly leading to injuries. The recall is in effect for Mazda6 vehicles with 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines in model years 2010-12, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The fix is necessary because spiders could crawl into a vent hose connected to a vehicle’s gas tank and spin webs that cause a blockage that creates negative pressure inside the tank, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The pressure could crack the fuel tank, allowing fuel to leak and increasing the risk of afire.

Mazda says no fires, accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem. The company will reprogram engine control units of the recalled vehicles and inspect and clean vent hoses.

This isn’t the first roundup of Mazda vehicles because of spiders. The car maker brought back 65,000 of its six sedans from model years 2009 and 2010, saying the yellow sac spider was attracted to the cars’ hydrocarbons and could crawl inside the fuel system.

These venomous spiders have a bite that is about like a mosquito’s.

The first recall involved the installation of a cover on the fuel-tank vent. Mazda then decided to reprogram those cars’ computer systems, which led to the most recent recall.

While the recall might sound like science fiction magazine, it hasn’t damaged Mazda in the way other recent recalls have damaged the image of General Motors and Toyota.

GM is suspected of covering up ignition-switch defects linked to 13 car-crash deaths. The company has recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair the problem.

Meanwhile, Toyota recently recalled almost 1.8 million vehicles to repair several defects, including failure of airbags to activate in wrecks. The recall came shortly after the Justice Department ripped the company for not being forthcoming about problems with unintended acceleration. The company paid $1.2 billion in a settlement with the feds.

In Michigan, 936 people were killed in auto accidents in 2012, up 5.3 percent from 2011. Another 70,618 were injured, according to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts. Michigan doesn’t need more highway deaths.

It is the responsibility of auto manufacturers to recall vehicles quickly and efficiently when potential parts hazards are detected. Otherwise, they should be held accountable.