Mazda has recently announced a recall for the Mazda6 models because of a problem with their fuel tanks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 units of the Mazda6 from the previous generation will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers because of the fuel tank problem. The NTHSA says that spiders can weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. If this happens, the fuel tank may crack and leak, increasing the risk of fire.
The affected Mazda6 vehicles have been equipped with the 2.5 liter engine and they are from the 2010-2012 model years, being produced between the 14th of September, 2009, and the 2nd of May, 2011. Owners of these vehicles will soon be notified by Mazda and the company’s dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, inspect and clean the canister vent line. The repairs will be made free of charge. The recall should begin this month (April, 2014). Owners of these models can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.