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2014-08-27 15:59

WEB OF FRUSTRATION FOR SUZUKI: Suzuki was forced to recall 19 000 Kizashi units due to a potential risk posed by spider webs clogging a vent. Earlier in 2014, Mazda recalled 42 000 units for a similar problem Image: SUZUKI

DETROIT, Michigan - Spiders have forced Suzuk USA to recall more than 19 000 midsize cars, reports the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapour vent hose in Kizashi midsize sedans, cutting off air flow. If that occurs, it “can cause the fuel tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires”. Models affected were built from 2010 to 2013.

The recall was prompted by seven reports of the problem.

SECOND SPIDER-RELATED RECALL

According to Suzuki, service centres will replace the vent line with one that has a filter on the end. It would also replace fuel tanks if necessary.


The problem hasn't caused any crashes or injuries in the US, Suzuki said in documents posted on Wednesday (August 27) by the NHTSA. Owners will be notified in August 2014.

The recall is the second caused by spiders in 2014.

In April 2014, Wheels24 reported that 42 000 Mazda6 units were recalled in the US with 2.5-litre engines for a similar problem. The models affected were built from 2010 through 2012 model years.

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