• Mar 11, 2011
It looks like Mazda isn't the only automaker getting cozy with spiders. According to the Los Angeles Times, Honda has discovered that some of its vehicles may be plagued by the same arachnid infestation that caused 52,000 Mazda6 sedans to recently be recalled. Those vehicles were discovered to have spider web blockages in their fuel evaporation systems, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feared that a fuel leak could result. Honda has discovered that the same species of yellow sac spider that sets up residence in those vehicles is also more than happy to call certain 2008-2009 Accord models home as well.

Honda has not seen fit to issue a recall for the problem, though the automaker has sent out a Technical Service Bulletin to its dealers. Service technicians will be on the lookout for any blockage and address the issue as necessary.

At this point, it's still unclear as to why this particular species of spider finds the evap systems to be a suitable environment, and there's no information on which regions of the country have had the most instances of infestation. Either way, we won't be surprised if Honda is the last automaker to have its Spidey Sense atingle.

[Source: Los Angeles Times |


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      • 3 Years Ago
      PETA? XP
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a similar spider problem in my 96 Audi A4. I think the only fair solution is for Audi to issue a recall and give me a new A4 as recompense
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Weber should recall all their gas grilles because spiders build nests in the gas jet orifices/air bleeds?


      Unlikely, but then NHTSA doesn't regulate Weber grilles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      so more cars for PETA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spiders are one problem, chipmunks are another. Twice, my daily driven, garage kept Mercedes SLK with 160,000 miles has had to have chipmunk and or mice nests removed from in the air cleaner plenum. Seems as if when it gets cold, these guys crawled in from the inlet in the grill area to find a warm place to sleep. I only discovered the problem at normal air cleaner replacement.
      • 3 Years Ago

      If you find one or more of these yellow sac spiders DO NOT FEED THEM AFTER MIDNIGHT !

      They'll turn from cute furry lil' spider dudes into ravenous cut-throat bastard spiders....and more than likely one of them will have a white mohawk and he'll be their insidious leader.

      Consider yourself - warned.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sprung a small leak in my radiator once. When I removed the radiator, I noticed a 6-inch area where the fins were gone. My only guess was that some rodent got hungry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that it's a very specific species, I would suspect it's an ester (or at least something) in the gasoline that attracts them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spiders will make homes wherever they darn well please. Ive opened my air filter box on my Focus and found spider webs in there! Ive also found them in my blower wheel. I know thats not cause for concern like in a fuel system, but its not like these spiders seek out specific Hondas and Mazdas to build their little web paradises! Lets look on the bright side, at least no flies or other insects will get into your fuel system where a spider has taken up residence! lol