Recently, Mazda announced that it would be recalling 42,000 of its Mazda6 sedans because yellow sac spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack. The news had hardly spread out when Twitter users got down to business: expressing their opinions on the story. Unsurprisingly, while there were some concerns voiced, the tweets mostly made fun of the recall with one user sharing the link of the story with the comment, “Mazda and Spiders Love Story!”
The original Mazda news item is as follows: According to a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda6 cars manufactured between 2010 to 2012 at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan are being recalled as the firm believes that yellow sac spiders, which are attracted to the hydrocarbons in gasoline, could have found their way into the fuel tank hose and weaved a web, thereby, blocking the airflow.
This is a serious cause of concern as the blockage can lead to cracks in the fuel tank, which can possibly lead to a fire. Although, no reports of a fire have been made to date, nine reports of cracked fuel tanks prompted the car manufacturers to take all necessary steps to ensure customer safety. Meanwhile, Mazda also said that it had “designed a special spring to prevent the spiders from getting in but sometimes the spiders find a way.”
Twitter users expressed their disbelief over the new item and made fun of the recall. One Twitter user who goes by the name of disdrawkcab tweeted “I had to look at the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. It seems truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes.”
Twitter user, William, tweeted, “See what happens when you put alcohol in gasoline!” as a joke to say the spiders were attracted to the alcohol and that is why they were making their webs in the fuel tanks.
Furthermore, others took to wonder why it was only Mazda cars the spiders seem attracted to. Barry tweeted: “Only Mazda? What attracts spiders to Mazda and not other vehicles?” Another twitter user shared the news story and added a comment on her tweet, which said: “Mazda and Spiders Love Story!” as her take on making fun of the recall.
Twitter users also said it seemed unbelievable that spiders could be the cause for the Mazda6 sedans recall and some voiced their opinion that Mazda must be using low quality tanks and that is why they cracked so easily. Consequently, as a reply to some of these tweets, some users also took to the social media to ask car manufacturers to stop using China-manufactured parts, (as the general mindset of the people is that such parts are low quality and cheaper – hence, preferred by the manufacturers to keep their own overall manufacturing costs low.)
Meanwhile, this is the second time in three years that Mazda6 cars have been recalled for the same issue. An earlier recall asked for 52,000 to have the problem fixed. Twitter users who are aware of this fact made sure to highlight it in their tweets, along with expressing their frustrations over the problem. These Twitter users hold Mazda accountable and shared their opinions that the automaker should do a better job when manufacturing their cars.
Some twitter users also questioned the safety of Ford Motors cars that used to be jointly manufactured with Mazda in the same plant until mid-2012 and wondered if the other auto-manufacturer would also been issuing a recall in the near future. Whether Ford Motors make a recall or not, Twitter users are having a field day making fun of the recall as the “Mazda and Spiders Love Story” continues.
By Faryal Najeeb