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Madza Recalls 50K Vehicles Over Fuel Tank Concerns

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mazda has fingered an unusual culprit in its new safety recall — a spider.

The Japanese automaker is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda 6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years.

The company says a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank’s ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.

Mazda told the government it had received two reports about problems with the tank. In one of the cases, a spider web was found in the vent.

The recall involves vehicles built from April 2008 and February 2010.

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