Petrol-loving spider prompts new Mazda recall

22nd April 2014
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Remember 2011 when Mazda was forced to recall over 50,000 sedans in North America because it had discovered a potential fire risk caused by Yellow-Sac spiders? The little beasties apparently adore the smell of petrol and have a habit of crawling into the fuel tank, where their webs can restrict fuel flow, putting stress on the tank and increasing the chances of cracks and leaks.

 

Well unfortunately for the Japanese carmaker the same problem has hit its 2010-2012 models, and it’s now had to recall 42,000 of them country-wide, on top of another 88,000 worldwide to correct a programming glitch in the onboard computer.

 

So far in 2014 there’s been the usual large quantities of recalls globally – Toyota and Nissan have taken back over a million between them; Chevrolet Silverados have had problems, and GM have been forced to pull a staggering 6.3 million back in. In fact it seems barely a month goes by without manufacturers having to recall millions of vehicles.

 

That might sound like they have a poor attention to detail, but it can also be seen as a good thing – a willingness to accept a problem and fix it as soon as possible. After all when something has as many lines of code in it as your average new car, you’ve got to expect a few teething troubles.

 

The danger comes when a company ignores the issue until it is forced to deal with it – as could have been the case with GM. That manufacturer, which has had to make significant numbers of recalls over the last decade, apparently first learned about an ignition issue in 2009. In the five years since it has been linked to 13 deaths.

 

The public can accept that their cars will sometimes need to go in for a fix, but at the same time manufacturers have a responsibility to act on any reported faults immediately.

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