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Be Thankful It Hasn’t Happened With Guns

Be Thankful It Hasn’t Happened With Guns

Mazda is recalling over 65,000 cars from all over Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and it ain’t about brakes or steering — it’s about spiders.

Mazda officials reported yellow sac spider webs had been found in the fuel tank vents of Mazda6 cars, and though it seems like a stretch, they said the webs could cause vent clogs, which could place pressure on the fuel tank, which could lead to cracks, leakage — and fires. Officials didn’t say how many cases were documented, just that they “had no specific connection to a particular region of North America,” which would seem to imply, “lotsa cases all over!” And no other models were affected — only Mazda6 sporty sedans built between April 2008 and February 2010. The carmaker will clean out all fuel tank vents and install a newly designed spring device to prevent creepies from creepin’ in.

Yellow sac spiders, by the way, have become the most common spiders in the U.S., are responsible for perhaps 80 percent of all spider bites, and yeah, they’re venomous, causing instant, stinging pain and nasty aftereffects.

We wanta know these two things: First, what kinda engineer designs spider-blocking devices? And second, if this kinda thing happened with guns, would it be … boresnakes? The live, slithering kind?

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