Ottawa, Ontario – Mazda has issued a recall for certain 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 vehicles, due to the possibility of a fuel leak should spiders weave webs in the vent line. The recall affects 10,247 vehicles in Canada.
The company said that on certain vehicles equipped with a 2.5-litre engine, a particular type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line which may cause 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 normal operation, the stress on the fuel tank may eventually cause a crack.
Dealers will clean the line and install a spring to prohibit spider intrusion. The powertrain control module (PCM) will be reprogrammed with modified software, including a function to avoid excessive negative pressure in the fuel tank. If damage is found to the fuel tank or a web is found in the canister vent, the fuel tank and check valve on the canister vent line will be replaced.