National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disclosed that spiders attracted by gasoline vapors as well as weaving webs blocking a hose to vent those vapors have prompted Suzuki Motor of America to recall around 19,000 MY2012-2013 Kizashi midsize sedans.
NHTSA said that blocked air flow in the Kizashi‘s evaporative emissions system can result to negative pressure in the fuel tank, possibly leading to cracks that may cause leaks, thereby increasing risk of a fire. This issue is similar to the one experienced in Mazda6.
Mazda has called back the Mazda6 twice since 2011 due to spiders creating webs in ventilation hoses. The carmaker has not received reports of crashes or injuries tied to the issue, Suzuki told NHTSA.
Since Suzuki stopped selling cars in the United States in 2013, NHTSA and the carmaker are advising Kizashi owners to take their units to authorized "service providers."
While letters to be sent car owners and filed with NHTSA do not tell the locations of the service providers, owners could call a customer service line at 800-934-0934 to find out. The providers will install filter on a ventilation line to keep the spiders out.