Spiders clogging vents forces Suzuki recall in US

Wednesday 27 August 2014 21.05
Suzuki did not say what kind of spider caused the problem
Suzuki did not say what kind of spider caused the problem

Spiders whose webs clog up fuel tank vents have forced Suzuki to recall 19,000 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans in the United States.

The Japanese automaker said tonight that the arachnids can weave webs in a vent hose running from a car's gasoline tank, blocking it and causing the tank to build up negative pressure as fuel is used.

The result could be a crack in the tank and leaking fuel that poses a fire hazard, the company said.

In the recall it promises to replace tanks where spider web clogs are found, or replace the evaporative canister vent line on other cars with a safer model.

Suzuki did not say what kind of spider caused the problem, but in the past similar reports pinpointed the yellow sac spider, a poisonous species apparently attracted to gasoline fumes.

In 2011 Mazda recalled 65,000 cars in the United States, Canada and Mexico for an identical problem.

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