Suzuki Motor Of America, Inc. is recalling roughly 19,000 cars due to a potential fire risk to their fuel tanks caused by, drum roll please, spiders.
Indeed, the problems to certain model year 2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 2009 to July 2012, are being linked to itsy bitsy yellow sac spiders weaving webs inside the car’s evaporative canister vent hoses. The webbing has led to blockage that may increase pressure in the fuel tank. This pressure can create cracks and leaks, potentially causing an engine fire.
Suzuki is asking car owners to visit the dealership to obtain a replacement for their evaporative canister vent line. A new vent line with a filter on the end will be installed. Also, car owners whose vehicles are already obstructed by a spider web can get the fuel tank replaced.
The recall was issued on August 12, 2014. Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki’s number for this recall is VG.
“Manufacturers have a duty to protect consumers from potential harm due to faulty mechanisms such as this, but car owners who have repeated issues with a vehicle may also qualify under California Lemon Laws for a replacement vehicle or reimbursement,” said James Johnson, a California Lemon Law Lawyer.
This is not the first time these venomous spiders have invaded a fuel system with their delicate webs. Mazda North America Operations has twice recalled its Mazda6 cars for the same problem in 2011 and 2014.
Additionally, Toyota issued a recall for 803,000 vehicles due to spiders blocking a drain hole that could cause water to backup and leak into electrical components. The water leak could reach a module that controls the airbags causing them to deploy.
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